Using pacing wires after cardiac surgery or other operations means they need to be reprocessed for future use to ensure patient safety and device efficacy. The steps are detailed and complex, but we’ve broken them down into three concise steps for a better understanding:
- After being used in an operating room (OR), pacing cables receive an initial decontamination and cleaning, removing blood, tissue, and other contaminants.
- The cables are transferred to the reprocessing work area where it’s thoroughly cleaned.
- The cables are either disinfected or sterilized, depending on the intended future use, and are stored or transferred back into use.
Reprocessing medical devices like pacing cables is becoming obsolete due to high average costs, time-consuming steps, and the risks associated with the cable failing during surgery, which puts the patient at risk.