An article published by the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) on May 20, 2015 acknowledges the safety risk associated with duodenoscope reprocessing. Multidrug-resistant infections associated with reprocessed duodenoscopes has impacted more than one hundred patients, with the risk of involving even more. On May 15, the majority of members of the Gastroenterology and Urology Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee agreed that duodenoscopes should be reclassified as critical devices, rather than their current semi-critical status. It was discussed that current cleaning and disinfection methods do not ensure the safety of those persons affected by these devices and cost-effective maintenance programs should be instituted for periodic inspections.
The full article is available at aami.org.