Information for Patients
You may be aware of incidents where inadequately reprocessed reusable medical devices were used on patients.
It's important to know that the risk of infection from inadequate reprocessing is relatively low, and the FDA does not recommend that you cancel or delay any planned procedure without first discussing with your health care professional.
The FDA is working with medical device manufacturers and other stakeholders to promote innovative design of and clearer labeling for reusable medical devices. We are also working with health care providers and organizations that accredit health care facilities to promote strong health care facility quality assurance programs.
Common Procedures Using Reusable Devices
Reusable medical devices are used for a variety of common medical procedures, including:
- Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)
- Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
Before having any medical procedure it's a good idea to learn more about the procedure and steps the health care facility takes to keep patients safe.
Your health care provider is one resource for information about your medical care. Many organizations, including The American Academy of Family Physicians provide tips for talking to your doctor.