Oliver Wendell Holmes in Boston and Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis in Vienna have set the basis of health care hygiene in the middle of the 19th century, still valid today in modern infection prevention & control. Since that time continuous progress was made in the prevention and control of health care associated infection diseases.

The discovery of penicillin by Alexander Fleming and the emergence of powerful antibiotic medicines made us believe that we can now fully control infection diseases. With the growing emergence of multi drug resistant pathogens, it now becomes apparent that state of the art hygiene, cleaning, disinfection and sterility are ever more important. Sterility and its maintenance, together with the prevention of cross-infection, are at the top of any list of critical factors in patient care.

The packaging around medical devices that allow those devices to be sterilised, provides a microbial barrier and maintains sterility effectively up to the point of use is known as a sterile barrier system. A sterile barrier system is an essential part of a sterile medical device and plays an essential role in the fight against health care associated infections

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