From the Field
Background: Recent incidents of infections received from contaminated arthroscopic shavers and flexible endoscopes have led to changes in how sterile processing professionals visually inspect these medical devices. Certain shaver manufacturers have updated their Instructions for Use (IFU) to require the use of additional tools to inspect their medical devices.
Materials and methods: This three-phase study explores the development and implementation of new technologies in the area of enhanced visual inspection of medical devices. Phase 1 examines the results of surveys taken on the process of visual inspection of orthopedic shavers. Phase 2 outlines results of a small-scale inspection of orthopedic shavers in healthcare facilities.
Phase 3 details the implementation and inspection results of a borescopic examination step added into the processing procedures for a large health care facility.
The information provided by the manufacturer serves as THE BASIS FOR PROCESSING
each and every medical device (MD) and makes stringent demands on
the organizational skills of a Reprocessing Unit for Medical Devices (RUMED) [1]
with regard to the practicability and implementation of such processing measures.
The revision of EN ISO 17664:2017 is an opportune moment to examine the
changes made to the standard as well as their implications for everyday practice.
This present publication also updates Recommendation 46 of the Quality Task
Group.