Endoscopy

Four Considerations to Weigh with Endoscope Storage Cabinets

SUPPLY COSTS

Recent studies showing post-endoscopic infection rates being more common than previously believed underscore the importance of a safe and systematic approach to reprocessing flexible endoscopes. Storage is an essential element of that process.

Recent Sugical Center Articles
Outlining a Safe Return to Elective Endoscopy in a Pandemic
Best Practices
Endoscopists weigh in on best practices for a return to elective endoscopic procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic, including options for new best practices for protecting patient and healthcare worker safety.
What Happens After Reprocessing? Best Practices for Endoscope Drying and Storage
Prevention Strategies
Despite all the information available through professional societies and the medical literature, developing endoscope drying and storage protocols can be challenging for hospitals. Guideline variations only add to the challenge.
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Prevention Challenges

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