SGNA Issues Position Statement on Reuse of Single-Use Critical Medical Devices

The Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates, Inc. (SGNA) has issued a position paper on Reuse of Single-Use Critical Medical Devices.
In order to save costs and reduce medical waste, the FDA (2002) established statutory requirements in 2002 for reprocessing of specific single use devices by approved reprocessors. SGNA believes that patients deserve the same standard of care regardless of practice setting. The reuse of SUDs is a complex issue that must be balanced with the assurance of patient safety and the delivery of quality healthcare. These concerns cannot be overlooked when evaluating the legal, ethical, financial and technical aspects of reusing

SGNA supports further research to define risk and document benefits of reprocessing single-use devices.

In the absence of substantial scientific evidence to prove the safety and effectiveness of reprocessed critical medical devices in the endoscopy setting, SGNA maintains the position that critical medical devices originally manufactured and labeled for single use should not be reused.

This position statement was originally adopted by the SGNA board of directors in February 1998. Since then it has been revised in May 2002, October 2005, August 2008, March, 2012, and May 2013.

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Recommended Reading
Alfa, M. J., & Castillo, J. (2004). Impact of FDA policy change on the reuse of single-use medical devices in Michigan hospitals. American Journal of Infection Control, 32(6), 337-341.

American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Quality Assurance in Endoscopy Committee, Petersen, B. T., Chennat, J., Cohen, J., Cotton, P. B., Greenwald, D. A., Kowalski, T. E., Krinsky, M. L., Park, W. G., Pike, I. M., Romagnuolo, J., & Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, Rutala, W. A. (2011). Multisociety guideline on reprocessing flexible gastrointestinal endoscopes. Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, 73(6), 1075-1084.

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Tinkham, M. R. (2010). Reprocessing of single use devices: Do the benefits outweigh the potential dangers? Perioperative Nursing Clinics, 5(3), 377-381.