Medical instruments and devices

Magda Diab-El Schahawi*, Luigi Segagni Lusignani, Helga Paula, Jacqui S. Reilly

*Corresponding author for this work

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Medical instruments and devices are all instruments, apparatus, devices, substances or other objects designed by the manufacturer for diagnostic or therapeutic use destined for the following purposes:
1. Detection, prevention, monitoring, treatment or alleviation of diseases
2. Detection, monitoring, treatment, alleviation or compensation for injury or disability
3. Examination, modification or replacement of anatomical structure or physiological processes
4. Birth control
Pathogen-contaminated medical instruments or devices can be the source of human infections. If they are reusable, measures must be taken before application to the next patient to avoid pathogen transmission.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBasic Microbiology and Infection Control for Midwives
EditorsElisabeth Presterl, Magda Diab-El Schahawi, Jacqui S. Reilly
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9783030020262
ISBN (Print)9783030020255
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • medical device
  • reprocessing
  • spaulding classification


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