FDA Attempts To Make Reusable Medical Devices Safer

Posted on December 28, 2011

According to news sources, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is seeking to make reusable medical devices safer by working with organizations, hospitals and government agencies to ensure that they are cleaned and disinfected properly.

The FDA is involved in an ongoing effort to ensure the safety of reusable medical devices, which can reduce the risks of infection. The process of cleaning and disinfecting a medical device, known as “reprocessing”, is performed only for devices designed for repeated use. The FDA said that it has received reports of patients being exposed to everything from body fluids to microscopic amounts of blood due to inadequate reprossesing. However, the risk of transmission of an infection is extremely rare, the FDA said.

The FDA is reportedly currently working with manufacturers and healthcare providers to ensure that safety standards are up-to-date and that they are being followed by healthcare facility staffs.

As a Los Angeles personal injury attorney, I appreciate all efforts being made to ensure increased healthcare safety standards for patients. I hope this information can help raise awareness about this practice and keep consumers safe. If you or a loved one has been injured through the use or consumption of a defective product, speak with a product liability lawyer Los Angeles to learn about the legal options available to you.

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