U.K. warns on reusable probes following patient death

June 28, 2012 by MassDevice staff

The U.K.'s Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency warns of contamination risks for all transoesophageal echocardiography, transvaginal and transrectal probes after a patient dies from a hepatitis B infection.

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The U.K.'s Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency today issued a contamination warning on all makes and models of reusable transoesophageal echocardiography, transvaginal and transrectal probes after receiving reports of a single patient death from hepatitis B.

The death wasn't definitively tied to infection from a contaminated probe, but the cautious regulators advised healthcare providers to take extra care when cleaning the devices between patients.

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