Can we be sure Sharpsmarts are decontaminated?

Q. Can we be sure that Sharpsmart collectors are completely decontaminated (including prions) and there is no risk of cross infection between hospitals?

Sharps collectors are not a patient-use device. Several decades of commercial use, along with Guidelines from the US Centers for Disease Control¹ confirm the innocuousness of sharps containers in disease transmission risk.

Similarly, the unlikely presence of prions in a sharps collector is of no risk to patients, staff or factory workers. However, Sharpsmart procedures assume pathogens are present and the wash process has undergone stringent testing and validation by independent microbiologists and/or government health agencies in six countries. Furthermore, validation procedures show the Washsmart process removes all protein.

Sharpsmarts and associated reusable sharps collectors have been used for over 15 years in more than 500 hospitals worldwide, without a single suggestion of cross-infection.

¹ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guidelines for Environmental Infection Control in Health-Care Facilities. Recommendations of CDC and the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC), 2003. U.S. Dept HHS, (CDC) Atlanta, GA.

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