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          44:12:01:17.  Sterile equipment -- Packaging and storage. All sterile equipment and supplies shall be stored in a closed dustproof container in such a manner as to prevent being contaminated. All needles and tubes shall be packaged prior to autoclaving either individually or in quantities for individual tattoos. Autoclave packages shall be constructed so that the contents are visible without opening the package. Autoclave packages containing equipment that has been autoclaved shall be dated with an expiration date. The expiration date may not exceed 30 days from the date autoclaved. Sterile equipment may not be used after the expiration date without being resterilized. Commercially available individually packaged sterilized equipment may be used within the manufacturer's expiration date.


          Source: 19 SDR 64, effective November 3, 1992; 39 SDR 119, effective January 8, 2013.

          General Authority: SDCL 34-1-17(8).

          Law Implemented: SDCL 9-34-17, 34-1-17(8).


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