FDA Updates Safety Guidance for Reusable Bronchoscopes


The update to a safety communications first issued in 2015 calls for sterilization of reusable bronchoscopes and using single-use devices on immunocompromised patients.

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The University of Florida’s radiation oncology department now uses single-use rhinolaryngoscopes to diagnose and treat head and neck cancers.

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