Data on reprocessing of electrophysiology (EP) materials are sparse. Reprocessing of catheters and other materials in daily routine varies through countries and may depend on specific material characteristics, supplier, or federal law. The aim of this study was to collect data on reprocessing usage through EHRA countries. An online survey consisting of 27 questions was distributed to EHRA Young EP members and members of national EP working groups. Two hundred and two participants from 34 EHRA countries completed the survey. One hundred and seven respondents (53.0%) reported having used and using reprocessed EP material, 30 (14.9%) respondents have used reprocessed EP material in the past but not at the time of the survey, 65 (32.2%) had never used reprocessed EP material. The most reprocessed EP materials include cables (70%), diagnostic EP catheters with deflectable (64%) or fixed curve (63%), non-irrigated ablation catheters (51%), and other conventional diagnostic catheters (41%). The most durable material was diagnostic EP catheters with a fixed curve (61%), the most sensitive material was ablation catheters with contact force sensors (21%). Important benefits were seen in reducing costs for the providing hospital (65%) and the healthcare provider (42%) and making EP procedures available for a greater number of patients (42%). Main concerns were on quality aspects (58%), contamination (52%), and loss of precision (47%). Reprocessing of EP materials is heterogeneously managed among EHRA countries. The present survey shows that European electrophysiologists consider the use of reprocessed EP material as generally safe and cost-effective. . .
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