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Immediate need for healthcare facilities to review procedures for cleaning, disinfecting, and sterilizing reusable medical devices
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    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.) ; United States. Food and Drug Administration. ;
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    September 11, 2015, 12:15 EDT (12:15 PM EDT)

    CDCHAN-00382

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are alerting healthcare providers and facilities about the public health need to properly maintain, clean, and disinfect or sterilize reusable medical devices. Recent infection control lapses due to non-compliance with recommended reprocessing procedures highlight a critical gap in patient safety. Healthcare facilities (e.g., hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, clinics, and doctors’ offices) that utilize reusable medical devices are urged to immediately review current reprocessing practices at their facility to ensure they (1) are complying with all steps as directed by the device manufacturers, and (2) have in place appropriate policies and procedures that are consistent with current standards and guidelines.

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