Duodenoscope

Is the Duodenoscope-Associated Infection Rate Higher Than Previously Thought?

PATIENT SAFETY

Researchers in the Netherlands calculated a duodenoscope-associated infection risk significantly higher than the generally accepted range, based on reported infections between 2008 and 2018 in the country.

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Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Procedure
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Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Applications
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Prevention Challenges
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Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Applications
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Flexible endoscope reprocessing is a complex process with many opportunities for error.

Prevention Challenges

A new study questions conventional wisdom around using alcohol flushes to aid in the drying of endoscopes.

Hanging endoscopes

Patient Safety

When it comes to keeping reusable endoscopes clean and dry, key factors include hang times, the type of drying cabinet used and where the drying device is housed. Single-use devices also offer benefits.

Endoscope reprocessing poses unique challenges for technicians.

Patient Safety

A recent review article from Michelle Alfa, a longtime medical device reprocessing researcher, explores many areas where endoscope reprocessing may fall short. Often, she notes, it’s because of a lack of knowledge about the proper protocol… “you don’t know what you don’t know.”