Preventing Cross-Contamination in Endoscope Processing - Safety Communication from FDA, CDC, and the VA
MedSun: Newsletter #43, December 2009

FDA Medical Device Safety website

This communication cautions healthcare facilities, including hospitals, ambulatory care facilities and private practices, about the risks to patients if flexible endoscopes and their accessories are not processed properly, and recommends steps to reduce these risks. It is being issued jointly by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Department of Veterans Affairs, and has been reviewed by The Joint Commission. The communication also reminds manufacturers of endoscopes and endoscope processing equipment of their responsibilities in helping assure proper endoscope processing in healthcare facilities.

Additional Information:

FDA Medical Device Safety website. Preventing Cross-Contamination in Endoscope Processing - Safety Communication from FDA, CDC, and the VA. November 19, 2009.
http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/AlertsandNotices/ucm190273.htm


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