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HSE Standards for Decontamination

Decontamination is the combination of processes including cleaning, disinfection and sterilisation used to render reusable invasive medical devices safe, for handling by staff and for use on service users. Effective decontamination of reusable invasive medical devices is an essential component in the prevention of healthcare associated infection.

To support best practice in the decontamination of reusable invasive medical devices, the HSE has developed a suite of Standards and Recommended Practices for Acute and Primary care services.