Don’t utilize reusable medical instrumentations that have not been adequately re-processed.

It is fully documented that in the health and social-health structures there is the risk of pathogenic micro-organisms transmission to patients via contaminant medical devices, that therefore need to be adequately treated. This implies the urgency of: a) adopting appropriate cleaning, sanitation and sterilization methods; b) doing in every single case a correct choice of the methodology based on specific characteristics, destination of use and on the producer indications; c) guaranteeing the correct handle of disinfectant solutions and detergents and of the sterilization processes.


1) CDC Guideline for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities (2008)
2) Cappelli V, Mongardi M, Moro ML. Memo 5 - Sterilizzazione in ambito sanitario e socio-sanitario, Agenzia sanitaria e sociale regione Emilia-Romagna, Bologna 2010
3) Mongardi M, Gambetti S, Poncenni N, Martelli L, Moro ML. Memo 6 - Antisepsi e disinfezione in ambito sanitario e socio-sanitario. Agenzia sanitaria e sociale regione Emilia-Romagna, Bologna 2011
4) Rutala WA, Weber DJ. Disinfection, Sterilization and Antisepsis: An overview. Am J Infect Control 2016; 44 (suppl 5): e 1-6 doi: 10.1016/j.ajic 2015.10.038
5) Reprocessing of flexible endoscopes and endoscopic accessories used in gastrointestinal endoscopy: Position Statement of the European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE) and European Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates (ESGENA) – Update 2018. Endoscopy 2018; 50: 1205–1234. DOI



Attention. Please note that these items are provided only for information and are not intended as a substitute for consultation with a clinician. Patients with any specific questions about the items on this list or their individual situation should consult their clinician.