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.
The medical device reports describe both patient infections and other possible contamination issues.
The pace of innovation in the ICU is orders of magnitude slower than that of the cath lab and OR, and the COVID-19 crisis has pushed, tested, and exposed ICUs for lacking state-of-the-art technology and resources.
The self-driving UV disinfection robots are being sent to more than 2000 hospitals.
During an outbreak, it is critical to treat reusable medical devices as potential sources of transmission.
The company developed the device as an alternative to reusable duodenoscopes, enabling the use of a new and sterile product for each procedure.
The agency wants healthcare facilities to start using duodenoscopes that do not require reprocessing but recognizes the transition will take time.
Strong evidence of proper cleaning and reprocessing that eliminates the spread of bacterial infections is still not there, and improvements are necessary, says Shuren.
Healthcare facilities need to make sure they have enough personnel and equipment that can manage device reprocessing.
The duodenoscope manufacturers didn’t comply with requirements to conduct postmarket surveillance studies assessing reprocessing effectiveness.