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CMS loosens nursing home infection control regulation with single use devices

 Nursing homes now are allowed to purchase certain previously prohibited types of medical devices, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced.

To prevent the spread of infections, federal regulations have directed nursing homes to only use brand-new single-use medical devices (SUDs), such as endoscopes or blood pressure cuffs. Under a policy change effective immediately, long-term care facilities can purchase used SUDs that have been sterilized and repackaged through a party authorized by the Food and Drug Administration.

The memo states that nursing homes that purchase reprocessed instruments will have to obtain documentation showing that the third-party reprocessor has been cleared by the FDA.

To read the memorandum, click here.