CDC and FDA alert healthcare facilities to review reusable medical device procedures

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

September 16, 2015

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a health advisory last Friday, alerting healthcare facilities to immediately review their procedures for cleaning, disinfecting, and sterilizing reusable medical devices.

The health advisory was issued in response to recent media reports indicating patients were at risk for infection due to improper cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization of medical devices. The advisory notes that in many of these instances, healthcare facilities failed to follow the manufacturers’ reprocessing instructions.

Healthcare facilities should identify a team member with expertise in device reprocessing to assess current reprocessing procedures and ensure that reprocessing personnel have enough time to follow all of the steps indicated by the device manufacturer, according to the advisory.

Read the full health advisory here.