Re-use of single-use devices

This backgrounder deals with the re-cycling and re-use of medical devices, some for implant in patients.  Given that many of these devices are licensed for one patient use only and are being passed on ‘second hand’ to other patients, it shows evidence that the quality and safety of these can be compromised and that, on occasion they can retain blood, body fluid and tissue from previous use. 

View the backgrounder in English