The COVID-19 pandemic has changed hospital processes and made people more aware of the need to thoroughly sterilize medical instruments between patients. This article discusses some of the changes that may occur due to lessons learned throughout the global health emergency.
To avoid delays in timelines, companies should develop IFU cleaning instructions with the worst-case clinical use and contamination method in mind.
Healthcare facilities need to make sure they have enough personnel and equipment that can manage device reprocessing.
Reusable devices have become more difficult to clean, disinfect and sterilize. FDA is now requiring clear instructions for effective reprocessing.