Outpatient Surgery Magazine

Renea Goode, RN

Controversy still surrounds the reprocessing of single-use devices. Opponents of reprocessed SUDs claim reused instruments are unclean and unsafe. Champions of the practice cite reduced waste and purchasing costs as benefits too big to ignore.

So opinions vary. But the FDA and the U.S. Government Accountability Office have deemed reprocessed devices to be safe, and more surgery centers are turning to third-party reprocessors to help them reap the economic and environmental benefits of reusing surgical devices. Finding a vendor to provide ongoing education is key to getting your reprocessing program off the ground, and to getting your OR staff on board with SUD reprocessing…

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