The ECRI Institute has just published their “Top Ten Technology Hazards for 2017” (attached). The number 2 problem on the list is entitled “Inadequate Cleaning Of Complex Reusable Instruments Can Lead To Infection.” In identifying the severity of the problem of dirty instruments, the report states “Such contamination can lead to disabling or deadly patient infections.” It goes on to state that “Incidents can also expose healthcare facilities to liability that can jeopardize their reputation.”
The report points out that “Of particular concern are complex, reusable instruments whose design makes the instruments difficult to clean.” The complex design of Laparoscopic instruments and Kerrison Rongeurs make them especially difficult, if not impossible, to thoroughly decontaminate and clean.
In order to help solve this major patient hazard, the ECRI Institute recommends that healthcare facilities consider “purchasing only instruments for which the manufacturer has validated its cleaning instructions. When applicable, request written information explaining the validation process.” The ECRI Institute report also emphasizes that “FDA has become increasingly aware of the inconsistent quality of cleaning and reprocessing instructions.” The FDA now requires manufacturers of reusable instruments to validate their cleaning instructions.
Your healthcare facility should be demanding validated cleaning IFUs from ALL of your instrument suppliers, including suppliers of instruments that have to be disassembled during reprocessing. Failure to demand validated cleaning IFUs from your instrument manufacturers is a tremendous patient safety issue. Healthcare facilities have a legal, ethical, financial and moral obligation to only use instruments whose IFUs have been validated using FDA validation protocols.
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To learn more about ECRI Institute, go to their website www.ecri.org.