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How long can you keep instruments in sterilisation pouches before they expire?

Discussion in 'General Issues and Discussion Forum' started by Dinny, Oct 27, 2020.

  1. Dinny

    Dinny Welcome New Poster


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    Hi guys,
    Hope you are all well, I wanted to just ask a question about how long people keep their instruments in the sterilisation pouches before you deam them out of date and re-sterlise? In particular I am referring to a vacuum autoclave. And just instruments for general pod.

    At uni we would add an expiration date of 3xmonths post sterilisation. At the clinic I am now it is 1xmonth. One of my colleagues said it should be less than a month. I actually contacted the college of pods today and they said that 12 months is fine provided they are packed and stored correctly, however nail surgery and wound care instruments should be less than this?

    Quite frankly if I am not using instruments for a year there is something wrong! So the likely hood of this happening is far reaching. However where I work there are packed instruments that often surpass their one month expiration date without being used and have to be done again. :(

    I just wondered what others do with regards to this? And also if anyone knows how long nail surgery and wound care instruments can be kept for?

    Also I appreciate that there are environmental factors to consider.

    Anyway I would be grateful if someone could help shed some light on this.
    Many thanks
    :D
     
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