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FDA Advises Providers Not to Use Certain Multi-Patient Endoscope Connectors

The Food and Drug Administration has announced that providers should not use multi-patient endoscope connectors that do not require reprocessing between patients, as testing has not demonstrated that they can be used without a risk of cross-contamination. Instead, providers should use single-use or reusable connectors with backflow prevention features, and should reprocess reusable connectors according to instructions before each procedure. Providers should report adverse events or side effects related to 24-hour multi-patient use connectors, currently made only by Erbe USA Inc., to the MedWatch program.