May Celebrates National Critical Care Awareness and Recognition Month

May Celebrates National Critical Care Awareness and Recognition Month

CRITICAL CARE

Critical care clinicians work a high-pressure job even in the best of times. Throw in a global pandemic and stress levels rise significantly — all the more reason for the annual celebration.

More Intensive Care Articles
How COVID-19 is Making the Case for Single-Use Bronchoscopes
Prevention Strategies
Becker’s Hospital Review explored bronchoscope reprocessing and cross-contamination issues in a recent feature story. It’s an important issue to probe, especially now.
CHEST Guidelines for Bronchoscopy During COVID-19 Pandemic
Best Practices
'In such a kinetic milieu, these can be expected to evolve based on an expanding evidence base, the public health burden of disease, and the availability of trained personnel or medical infrastructure,' the authors of the guidelines write.
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Experts: ‘How Do We Prove Clean is Clean?’

Prevention Strategies

The only agreed-upon endoscope reprocessing standard, experts note, is to follow the manufacturers’ instructions for use — but those IFUs can contain hundreds of steps and can be impossible for staffers to follow down to the letter.

FDA Issues Warning Letters to Endoscope Manufacturer

Prevention Strategies

The agency’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health issued two warning letters to Olympus for violations including failure to adhere to medical device reporting (MDR) requirements and quality systems regulations.

Sterile processing department

Prevention Strategies

Cleaning flexible endoscopes is no easy task, an SPD educator says on the Beyond Clean podcast. And the needed diligence goes beyond just the physical cleaning of reusable scopes.