Pseudomonas aeruginosa is one of the most common MDROs found on GI endoscopes.

MDROs and Endoscopy: Is Single-Use the Answer?

PREVENTING INFECTION

Guest speakers at Digestive Disease Week 2021 discussed latest research on antimicrobial resistant bacteria and risk for GI endoscopy patients.

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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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Flexible endoscopes require reprocessing between uses.

Patient Safety

New multisociety guidelines for flexible endoscope reprocessing leave some infection prevention experts wanting more clarification.

Emerging Technologies

Findings relating to cost-effectiveness, patient satisfaction, and productivity all justified the switch.

A Doctor

Preventing Infection

At the recent Becker’s Hospital Review 11th Annual Meeting, Dr. James Horowitz shared his thoughts on the value of single-use bronchoscopes based, in part, on his experience on the front line of a busy New York City hospital early in the pandemic.