Reusable skin penetration instruments must be thoroughly cleaned and then sterilised using a steam-under-pressure bench top autoclave.
The Public Health Regulation 2022 (the Regulation) requires all reusable instruments that penetrate a person’s skin to be sterilised in line with AS/NZS 4815:2006 and be kept in a sterile condition until used in a skin penetration procedure.
Sterilisation is a process that kills micro-organisms including bacteria (and their spores), fungi and viruses.
All reusable instruments and equipment that puncture a person’s skin must be sterilised before use in a skin penetration procedure.
Reusable equipment requiring sterilisation includes:
Note: Ultrasonic cleaners clean but do not sterilise instruments.
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