Reprocessing Single-Use Devices

Ruth Curchoe, RN, MSN, CIC Infection Prevention Consultant

Hilton, NY

October 2, 2014


Increasing healthcare costs, environmental concerns, and recognition of finite resources have prompted healthcare facilities to consider reprocessing devices labeled as single-use devices. At the same time, concerns over the safety of reprocessed single-use devices led the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to develop and publish regulations for this practice. Under these regulations, reprocessors, hospital-based or third party, must meet the same standards as the original manufacturer.