Automated reprocessing

Reprocessing Knowledge Scores Show More Training Needed

PREVENTION CHALLENGES

Low endoscope reprocessing assessment scores indicate more training is needed for disinfection of these semi-critical medical devices. This is despite high reported confidence levels in reprocessing protocol from surveyed technicians and nurses in endoscopy.

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How Does Endoscope Usage Contribute to Channel Damage and Contamination?
Preventing Infection
A study highlights the correlation between the use of accessories and increased bacterial attachment to an endoscope’s inner channels.
How to Distinguish Counterfeit PPE from The Real Thing
Prevention Challenges
Surgical masks and proper hand hygiene protect healthcare workers from COVID-19 during aerosol-generating procedures such as bronchoscopies. PPE is also vital to keeping endoscope reprocessing staffers safe.
‘You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know’: Common Misconceptions About Endoscope Reprocessing
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.”
Advice from Endoscope Reprocessing Experts
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.
International Infection Prevention Week 2020: More Infection Preventionists Are Needed
Public Health
COVID-19 has only magnified the need, with long-term care facilities and now even airlines, cruise lines, schools and other workplaces in the hunt for infection control expertise. The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology is working to boost certification offerings.
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Preventing Infection

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Preventing Infection

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