Endoscopy

‘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.”

Recent Infection Prevention Articles
How the Alcohol Flush May Inhibit Endoscope Drying
Prevention Challenges
A new study questions conventional wisdom around using alcohol flushes to aid in the drying of endoscopes.
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.
‘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.”
Spotlight on Manual Cleaning of Flexible Endoscopes
Preventing Infection
Adequate reprocessing of flexible endoscopes is vital to protecting patient safety. And in a process that requires 50 to 100 different steps, there can be no shortcuts if endoscope reprocessing is going to effectively prevent patient infection.
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