The National Board of Health and Welfare assesses that there are conditions for reprocessing and reusing disposable medical devices in Sweden in a patient-safe manner.
Based on a government assignment (S2019 / 05187 / FS), we have investigated whether, from a patient safety perspective, there are conditions for reprocessing and reusing disposable medical devices in Sweden. The report shows that re-processing and reuse of disposable medical devices that take place according to a validated protocol, according to current law in the field, can be considered patient-safe. We have not found in the literature any decisive difference in patient safety between products that have been reprocessed in hospitals in Sweden and new medical devices that are used for the first time. In addition, re-processing means that health care becomes more resilient in everyday life and is better prepared to cope with a crisis situation. . .