Medical Product Outsourcing, The EU Attempts to Clarify the Reprocessing of Medical Devices (10/21/10):

…The report’s introduction outlines the scope of what reprocessing might entail and provides examples of steps that reprocessing could include, such as: “routine maintenance, disassembly, cleaning, disinfection and/or sterilisation [sic] to allow safe reuse.”

Interestingly, the report explores the history of medical devices, namely that they initially were reusable. With the rise of communicable and transmissible disease, however, a shift toward single-use, disposable devices began….