This is an growing issue among Lowtem research staffs who are running for developing new standard of sterilizing device.
So, Today I link a nice and enjoyable article from ICT that we should consider together.
The move will improve patient safety due to “challenges with cleaning these devices for reuse (reprocessing) and persistent high
levels of contamination,” the agency said in a statement. “Disposable designs simplify or eliminate the need for reprocessing,
which may reduce between-patient duodenoscope contamination as compared to reusable, or fixed endcaps,” FDA said.
“We recognize that a full transition away from conventional duodenoscopes to innovative models will take time and immediate transition is not
possible for all health care facilities due to cost and market availability,” says Jeff Shuren, MD, JD, director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and
Radiological Health. “This is why we’re communicating with health care facilities now—so they can begin developing a transition plan to replace
conventional duodenoscopes—and those facilities that are purchasing duodenoscopes with fixed endcaps can invest in the newer, innovative models.”
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