Celebrating Urology Nurses for Their Patient Care and Education

Patient Safety
The Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates (SUNA) is celebrating Urology Nurses and Associates Week. This annual event, held Nov. 1-7, provides an opportunity for employers and patients to recognize the important work of urology nurses in patient care for all ages.

Study: VivaSight-DL Double Lumen Tube Offers Advantages in Esophageal Surgery

Patient Safety
Researchers looked at 12 patients undergoing elective esophagectomies and were intubated using an Ambu VivaSight-DL – which has a built-in camera at the distal tracheal lumen – connected to a monitor. The VivaSight provided continuous quality images and eliminated the need for bronchoscopy.

ENTS to Play Key Role in Treating COVID-19 Long Haulers

Patient Safety
Otolaryngologists will have to educate the public — as well as their colleagues in other clinical specialties — about the essential role they can play in diagnosing and managing post-COVID-19 symptoms, ENTtoday reports.

Not All Contamination is Created Equal

Patient Safety
Among the rare cases of injury or death linked to endoscope contamination, nasopharyngoscopes rank far lower than bronchoscopes and duodenoscopes.

How to Improve Reprocessing Ergonomics and Promote Technician Welfare

Patient Safety
Disinfecting endoscopes between uses is a very physically demanding job and experts encourage institutions to invest in health and safety of reprocessing technicians.

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.

FDA Investigating Reports of Infections Associated with Reprocessed Urological Endoscopes

Patient Safety
Over the last four years, the FDA received more than 450 medical device reports describing post-procedure patient infections or other potential contamination issues involving reprocessed urological endoscopes. The agency says it’s investigating potential causes and contributing factors.

Why Endoscopes Should be Dried with Compressed Air

Patient Safety
New research shows that hanging endoscopes to dry is not adequate, since in some cases, they were found to contain the same amount of liquid after hanging for five days. Even an alcohol flush before hanging did not shorten, and in some cases lengthened, the time needed for compressed air drying.

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.”