FDA, AAMI Examine Medical Device Reprocessing Issues

Reprocessing medical devices is an intricate, complicated task, and lapses in infection prevention practices can lead to poor patient outcomes and infections. Cognizant of these implications and the role that medical device preprocessing plays in the larger healthcare arena, last summer the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launched a coordinated effort focusing on improvements in device design, reprocessing procedures and validation methodologies, and healthcare facility quality assurance practices.