Reuse of single-use cardiac catheters

Comis J
Record ID 31995000001
English, French
Authors' objectives:

To address four issues related to the re-use of diagnostic cardiac catheters and angiography cardiac catheters: risk of infection, functional effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, and liability; request from provincial governments.

Authors' results and conclusions: a) The possible increased risk of infection with re-use is a concern; however, there is no conclusive evidence that there is no increased risk; b) Hospitals do not typically have guidelines as to the number of times a catheter can be reused; c) Hospitals that reuse catheters expect volumes of procedures to decrease if they stopped re-using; d) One hospital has estimated an annual saving of $100,000 if catheters are re-used 10 times; e) Patients are not informed if a used catheter is to be used on them. It is possible that this breaches the standard of care according to Canadian law.
Authors' recommendations: Revising/reprocessing cardiac catheters has not been proven to be safe or unsafe. Since the primary motivation is economic, more hospitals are considering this practice. There still remain issues and questions that need to be addressed before re-use can be considered a safe practice.
Authors' methods: Review
Project Status: Completed
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Year Published: 1991
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Canada
MeSH Terms
  • Data Collection
  • Disposable Equipment
  • Equipment and Supplies, Hospital
  • Equipment Safety
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