Providing sterile orthopedic implants: challenges associated with multiple reprocessing of orthopedic surgical trays

Dayane de Melo Costa, Karen Vickery, Anaclara Ferreira Veiga Tipple, Honghua Hu

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Abstract

Orthopedic implants, such as screws, are provided in a non-sterile state and must be reprocessed before each use, therefore they may be subjected to multiple reprocessing cycles until they are implanted in the patient. The effect of these various reprocessing cycles on the quality and safety of these implants has been a subject of concern and discussion around the world. In this narrative review, we discuss the four main challenges associated with supplying these non-sterile implants to the same standard, with respect to their quality and safety, as implants that are provided sterile: microbiological contamination (focusing on biofilm), non-microbiological contamination, surface damage, and their acquisition in surgical trays from loaner companies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-71
Number of pages9
JournalHygiene
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2022

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Keywords

  • prostheses and implants
  • biofilms
  • equipment contamination
  • decontamination

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