HealthLeaders: Single-Use Device Reprocessing: Balancing Cost Savings, Patient Safety (07/13/10):
Michele De Meo, sterile processing manager at Memorial Hospital in York, PA, says her facility has reprocessed external compression sleeves for the past three years. Starting with low-risk devices also allows your facility to test out a vendor to ensure that you are satisfied with the quality and the relationship. ?I believe that if a company has gone through the process required to get their 510(k) and the devices are deemed safe, and the company doesn?t have any quality issues that have been noted, I think for cost savings and for the environment it?s prudent for us to explore those options as long as the quality is the same as a new device,? De Meo says.