FDA looks to cut down infections from improperly cleaned endoscopes

April 29, 2011 by MassDevice staff

The FDA releases guidance documents aimed at cutting down on infections from reusable medical devices.


The FDA launched an effort to cut down on the number of infections that occur from improperly cleaned endoscopes, which the federal watchdog agency says were responsible for more than 28 reports of infections from Jan. 2007 to May 2010.

The FDA said it received more than 80 reports of improperly reprocessed endoscopes during the three-year period. Endoscopes are long, thin tubes fitted with a camera or light that are threaded into the lungs, blood vessels or other cavities to visualize areas within the body.

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