Sexual and reproductive health

Cryosurgical equipment for the treatment of precancerous cervical lesions and prevention of cervical cancer

WHO technical specifications

Dept. of Reproductive and Research, WHO

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Number of pages: 45
Publication date: 2012
Languages: English
ISBN: 978 92 4 150456 0 - In press


This document seeks to assist programme managers, purchasing managers, and other interested parties with the procurement, management and effective use of cryosurgical equipment to treat precancerous cervical lesions as part of a comprehensive cervical cancer prevention programme.

It provides an overview of the procurement and performance issues associated with some cryosurgical devices, gas supplies and gas cylinders, and necessary connectors. The document offers technical specifications for purchasers, including the design and performance recommendations necessary to ensure the safety and efficacy of cryosurgical equipment, issues related to the gases used by the equipment, and guidance on how to procure both the equipment and the gases. Annexes provide additional useful information.

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