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It is the The International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) position that opened but unused single-use medical devices should be considered contaminated and as such should be discarded. If a healthcare facility chooses the reprocessing of such devices, it is the IAHCSMM position that the reprocessing should be accomplished by a third-party reprocessing company registered with the FDA.
This position is in line with the original IAHCSMM Position Paper on the Reuse of Single-Use Medical Devices which provides the rationale for why IAHCSMM discourages the practice of healthcare facilities becoming involved in the reprocessing of single-use medical devices and does not recommend it. The original Position Paper also provides criteria for the choice of a third-party reprocessing company.