The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on April 18 alerted healthcare providers and facilities about the risk of cross-contamination with 24-hour, multipatient use connectors used in gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy.
Endoscope connectors are small accessories used to connect the auxiliary water channel to a water source and irrigation tubing. To mitigate the risk of cross-contamination, the FDA recommends the use of connectors that prevent patient fluids from flowing backwards into the endoscope.
One manufacturer, Erbe USA Inc, markets a 24-hour, multipatient use endoscope connector (ERBEFLO port connector) that does not include a backflow prevention feature.
To date, the FDA has not received acceptable testing to demonstrate the safe use of these products and recommends against their use.Read More >>