OLV: How Long is Too Long for COPD Patients?

Preventing Infection
What is the optimum amount of time for one-lung ventilation? Researchers in China collected data following 120 surgeries to find out.

How a Damaged Reusable Cystoscope Was Traced to UTI Cases

Preventing Infection
The risk of patient contamination through cystoscopy is “poorly known,” but one damaged cystoscope, used on more than 100 patients over a 10-month span, was linked to 11 cases of urinary tract infections. That’s according to research published in the American Journal of Infection Control.

Triaging Urology Procedures: Proceed With Most Cystoscopies Without Delay

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Many urological procedures can be safely delayed at this time, but cystoscopy – for diagnostic and surveillance purposes or the removal of ureteral stents – should proceed.

Comparing Sterilization and High-Level Disinfection in Flexible Cystoscope Reprocessing

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Following updated AUA guidelines in 2010, Malcom Randall Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Florida changed its reprocessing protocols for flexible cystoscopes. What does a new analysis reveal comparing the success rates of sterilization vs. high-level disinfection in reprocessing?

13 Lessons Learned During a Decade of Endoscope Auditing

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Running an efficient endoscope auditing program is a complex undertaking. A new study distills years of experience into about a dozen key learnings designed to ensure that a hospital’s endoscopes are “patient ready” every time.

How Common is UTI After Cystoscopy and Can It Be Prevented?

Preventing Infection
Inconsistencies in the reporting of post-cystoscopy UTI rates led researchers to study the efficacy of administering antimicrobial prophylaxis prior to the procedure.

COVID-19 Symptoms vs. Routine Seasonal ENT Issues

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Recognizing the differences between COVID-19 symptoms and those of allergies, sinus infections and upper respiratory infections can help keep ENTs and their staff safe.

GI Societies Release Updated Reprocessing Guidelines

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Updated reprocessing recommendations address recent research regarding endoscope-associated infection and effective reprocessing techniques to reduce risk of infection. The guidelines also address the development of single-use devices.

What 10 Years of Chronicling Med-Tech Hazards Reveals About Patient Safety

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For the first time in a decade, the proper handling of flexible endoscopes was left off the annual Technology Hazards List from ECRI. This year’s list largely reflects the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Internal Damage to Endoscopes is Hard to Detect, Even Harder to Clean

Preventing Infection
When the working channels of endoscopes get nicked or burned, that damage my go undetected, making routine cleaning impossible.