On another device-related matter, a healthy discussion developed during the conference's lunch break when attendees at my table brought up a recent article
in the Washington Post . The article's lead graph said, "A growing number of U.S. hospitals...are saving money by reusing medical devices designated for one-time use, ignoring the warnings of manufacturers, which will not vouch for the safety of their reconditioned products."
Will hospitals use the same quality standards used by device makers? And what about accounting for different methods and procedures at different hospitals? Some voiced a concern that the Food and Drug Administration may not monitor hospital procedures as it does those of medical device makers. What's your take on this matter?
--By Jim Butschli, Editor