Reprocessing of endoscopic accessories has been carried out in many medical facilities, however, there is no information comparing in-house reprocessing with the use of an outside reprocessing company. Although shifting the reprocessing to a reprocessing company reduces the workload, it does not relieve the user/medical facility of its responsibility. In the absence of an industry standard, consistent regulatory enforcement, and established quality control criteria, the reprocessing service should be selected carefully and subsequently monitored. The reprocessing of 'single- use' items remains controversial and the position of the FDA is awaited. Further studies evaluating the safety and cost effectiveness of reprocessing of 'single-use' items are necessary.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging