Reuse of single-use devices: electrophysiology catheters

Schneider W L
Record ID 31998008912
Authors' objectives: To summarise the issues relating to the reuse of electrophysiology catheters in Alberta hospitals.
Authors' recommendations: The author concludes that safe reuse is directly correlated with how effective the QA/QC program is at the hospital or clinic. The monitoring of EP catheter through a quality program is a complex issue. Arguments that address whether it is economically feasible to reuse single-use catheters are valid once all the steps in the process of cleaning, sterilizing, monitoring each device through 'x' number of uses, QA/QC, regulatory audits and staff training are taken into account. More studies are required as appropriate scientific evidence is needed to either support or reject a reuse policy.
Authors' methods: Overview
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 1998
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Canada
MeSH Terms
  • Infection Control
  • Catheterization
  • Electrophysiology
Organisation Name: Institute of Health Economics
Contact Address: 1200, 10405 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T5J 3N4. Tel: +1 780 448 4881; Fax: +1 780 448 0018;
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Copyright: Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research
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