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Webinar Discusses FDA Safety Communications

FDA Safety Communications: Implications for the Future of Reprocessing Flexible Endoscopes

The recent OR Today webinar “FDA Safety Communications: Implications for the Future of Reprocessing Flexible Endoscopes” was sponsored by ASP.

Expert Anastasia Johnson, clinical education consultant of ASP, discussed patient safety related to current endoscope reprocessing methods. Attendees heard about the FDA Safety Communications released in 2020 and 2021 related to endoscope reprocessing and how to apply the evidence to plan for reprocessing endoscopes in the future.

One aspect of the webinar was a discussion of the Spaulding Classification.

In 1968, Earle H. Spaulding devised a rational approach to disinfection and sterilization of patient-care items and equipment. This classification scheme is so clear and logical that it has been retained, refined and successfully used by infection control professionals and others when planning methods for disinfection or sterilization.

Spaulding believed the nature of disinfection could be understood readily if instruments and items for patient care were categorized as critical, semi-critical and noncritical according to the degree of risk for infection involved in use of the items.

Johnson also discussed William A. Rutala, Ph.D., MPH, CIC, and his 2015 suggestion to modify the Spaulding Classification.

She provided additional insights during an information question-and-answer session that is included in the recording of the webinar available at

More than 200 health care professionals registered for the webinar with 115 logging in for the inaugural presentation. A recording of the webinar is available for on-demand viewing.

Attendees provided feedback in a post-webinar survey that generated positive comments.

“Relevant, educational and helpful,” said C. DeLandra, NDPS Perioperative Services.

“I’m going to use your thoughts to try and get my small facility to think about adding an ERS to our budget. I have been cleaning all of our scopes manually for five years. We have never had an endoscope reprocessor besides a person,” said C. Avalos, CSPDT, CFER.

“I found it interesting how we are moving away from Spalding classifications, and why,” said D. Candy, RN.

“Thank you for the relevant information on the scope reprocessing,” said J. Wilkinson, quality coordinator, infection control coordinator.

For more information, including a calendar for upcoming webinars, visit



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