Epidemiologist Highlights Potential Impact of Contaminated Bronchoscopes on COVID-19 Patients
Prevention ChallengesDevice-related cross-contamination is a greater concern when hospitals are experiencing shortages of ventilators and personal protective equipment, researcher Cori Ofstead writes in a new paper in response to the novel coronavirus.
Institutional Thought on Cross-Contamination: A Sampling
Prevention ChallengesAn audit of three major institutions’—the FDA, CMS, and ECRI Institute—stance on endoscope cross-contamination suggests that they are anything but laissez-faire. What best practices can bronchoscope users learn from these guidelines to prevent widespread outbreaks resulting from endoscope cross-contamination?
Mishandling Flexible Endoscopes After Disinfection Is a Health Hazard
Prevention ChallengesFlexible endoscopes have made the ECRI Institute’s list of the top 10 health technology hazards every year since 2010—topping the rankings twice—though this year the focus shifted a bit.
How Biofilm on Flexible Scopes Shields MDROs
Prevention ChallengesAntimicrobial-resistant bacteria can thrive in biofilm that can form on bronchoscope lumen tubes if they are not properly cleaned. Vigorous adherence to all reprocessing steps—especially precleaning at bedside—is needed to help limit the risk of cross-contamination.
Sterile Processing Errors Rank High on New Top Tech Health Hazards List
Prevention ChallengesThe annual list from ECRI Institute emphasizes “newly developing hazards and the migration of medical technologies to areas beyond the acute care setting.”
PPE in Reprocessing: Vital for Safety and Eliminating Endoscope Contaminants
Prevention ChallengesEndoscope reprocessing involves a complicated series of between 50 and 100 steps depending on the device instructions for use and society guidelines adopted by the institution. Among the dozens of steps needed are several PPE changes to protect the integrity of the cleaning process.
Study: Tap Water Causes Pseudo-Outbreaks in Endoscopy
Prevention ChallengesNo patients were harmed thanks to 'swift multidisciplinary action' to identify and rectify the problem. New research, however, underscores findings that automated endoscope reprocessors can be compromised in disinfecting flexible bronchoscopes.
Contaminated Ice Used for Bronchoalveolar Lavage Causes Pseudo-Outbreak
Prevention ChallengesMycobacterium mucogenicum outbreak linked back to contaminated ice used for bronchoalveolar lavage in new report from the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.
When It Comes to Shelf Life for Endoscopes, How Long is Too Long?
Prevention ChallengesReprocessing endoscopes is a lengthy and complicated procedure, and the final steps are just as important as the first steps in guaranteeing patient safety. Extending the shelf life of endoscopes can save hospitals valuable time and money.
Why Do Some Duodenoscopes Remain Contaminated After Reprocessing?
Prevention ChallengesManufacturers as well as federal agencies have made a host of recommendations, from manual cleaning on to disinfection and sterilization. But “there’s really not a lot of data on how effective they are in clinical use,” a researcher says.