FDA Update on Reprocessing of Bronchoscopes
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a safety communication regarding reprocessing of flexible bronchoscopes. According to the Agency, bronchoscopes have a high probability of remaining contaminated if the multistep process to clean and sanitize them is not properly followed.
The FDA recommends that facilities carefully follow the manufacturer’s reprocessing instructions, remove bronchoscopes that fail the leak test, or are visibly damaged, from service and create a reprocessing quality control program.
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