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Third-Party Medical Device Processing

AMDR Alert on Duodenoscopes Safety Communication

The FDA’s Feb. 19 safety communication pertaining to the effective cleaning of certain reusable Duodenoscopes applies to in-house hospital reprocessing of endoscopes. AMDR member companies in the U.S. DO NOT reprocess the endoscopic devices that are the subject of this notice. AMDR member companies DO NOT reprocess reusable devices. In-house hospital reprocessing of reusable devices is a distinctly different activity from third-party reprocessing of single-use devices (SUDs); the practices should not be confused. Any safety concerns associated with cleaning and sterilization activities by in-house central sterile departments have no bearing on the safety of third-party, FDA-regulated reprocessing of SUDs.

 

 

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The 2014 Practice Greenhealth Sustainability Benchmark Report

Check out the just released 2014 Practice GreenHealth Sustainability Benchmark Report (members only). The report again highlights that award-winning hospitals adopt SUD reprocessing as a means to cut regulated medical waste. In fact, according to the report, “eighty-eight percent of facilities have implemented reprocessing programs, saving a total of $49.2 million and diverting 847 tons […]

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