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Single Use Instruments Ltd. Worcester Park, , Surrey, KT4 8LR, United Kingdom.

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About Our Instruments

All our products have a date of manufacture and about 2 years expiry. Most items have the CE and other marks clearly displayed. This meets all requirements of the Medical Devices Directive.


Why Use Single Use Surgical Instruments?

Guidelines for single use instruments in dentistry.

Since 1st April 2007, the EU has required the use of single use surgical instruments for dental and minor surgery procedures. The reasoning behind this decision was that certain contaminations were found to survive the sterilisation process,. The infection cited for the EU policy was BSE (mad cow disease). In a move to improve patient safety and infection control, it was decided that all instruments should be used once only, and then thrown away.



Disposal of Single Use Surgical Instruments

Single use surgical instruments fall under the legal definition of clinical waste, and must be disposed of in accordance with clinical waste laws. Some councils offer free collection of clinical waste, while others do not. Where this is not a available, a specialist organisation needs to be contracted to remove and destroy the waste.

The stream code recommended for disposal of single use instruments is

Guidance for Disposal and Recycling of Medical Devices


Recycling of Single Use Surgical Instruments

Single use surgical instruments, by definition, cannot be used more than once. Most are made of stainless steel, which is a highly recyclable material. It is not possible to recycle single use instruments by conventional means as they are clinical waste. Instead, a specialist organisation should be contracted for the purpose. This may involve sterilising the instruments again to remove their 'clinical waste' legal status. Most specialist organisations of this type will not handle sharp items.


Item coding abbreviation

Item coding abbreviation:
CE – Essential Requirements of CE Marking
The letters "CE" are the abbreviation of French phrase "Conformité Européene" which literally means "European Conformity". The Medical Devices Directive sets out the regulations that have to be met and how manufacturers must comply. Medical devices are grouped into four classes, which are subject to different levels of control to gain compliance. The higher the inherent degree of risk to patients or users that a device presents, the higher the level of control is required for CE marking.

PPE: Personal Protective Equipment (e.g. Gloves)

BP – is British Pharmacopoeia (a collection of quality standards)
RRP – is Retail Ready Packaging
DT – is Drug Tariff (ie the item is available on prescription)

BSS4 – Barrel spring nipper straight blade 4 piece pack
BSC2 – Barrel Spring nipper Concaved blade 2 piece pack
DLSS4 – Double leaf spring nipper straight blade 4 piece pack

So therefore:
BS – Barrel spring
DL – Double leaf spring
SL – single leaf spring
Followed by :
S – straight blade (STR)
C – concaved blade (CVD)

RH: Red Handled
RHS: Red Handled Straight



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