Single-use devices


Historically, the vast majority of medical devices were designed to be reused – usually after cleaning and sterilisation. However, as public awareness of the risk of infection has grown, so too has demand for single-use devices.

 

The development of these products, which do not have to withstand the rigours of reprocessing, opened the door to more complex designs and the use of materials that would be unsuitable for reusable devices.