On September 11, 2015, the CDC and FDA issued a joint advisory alerting providers and facilities about properly cleaning medical devices, due to concern with recent media reports describing patient risk from lack of basic cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization of medical devices.  The advisory emphasized that health care providers “that utilize reusable medical devices are urged to immediately review current reprocessing practices at their facility to ensure they (1) are complying with all steps as directed by the device manufacturers, and (2) have in place appropriate policies and procedures that are consistent with current standards and guidelines.”  The advisory also urged providers and facilities to provide training to all personnel who reprocess medical devices, as well as, among other recommendations, to regularly audit cleaning, disinfection, sterilization and storage procedures and to implement procedures to follow in the event of a recognized reprocessing error or failure.