Factsheet

New recommendation on storage duration for sterile medical devices

Contaminated surgical instruments, deficits in the Central Sterile Supply Department (CSSD) or errors in the cleaning, disinfection or in the process of sterilisation of surgical materials are disastrous. Single-use instruments in sterile packaging are an alternative to reprocessing standard reusable instruments because error-prone cleaning steps are unnecessary. Correct storage of instruments must be considered. For this reason, the German Society for Sterile Supply (DGSV) has issued a “Recommendation on storage duration for sterile medical devices” (85).

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