Cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization of reusable medical devices

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Cleaning, disinfecting, and sterilizing medical devices are critical activities for preventing the incidence of healthcare associated infections (HAIs), especially in the hospital setting. This white paper explains the terminology for these activities and outlines regulatory expectations, with reference to widely recognized national and international standards. It also offers a series of recommendations for manufacturers to ensure that products are designed to facilitate effective reprocessing between uses.