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How COVID-19 is Making the Case for Single-Use Bronchoscopes

PREVENTION STRATEGIES

Becker’s Hospital Review explored bronchoscope reprocessing and cross-contamination issues in a recent feature story. It’s an important issue to probe, especially now.

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CHEST Guidelines for Bronchoscopy During COVID-19 Pandemic
Best Practices
'In such a kinetic milieu, these can be expected to evolve based on an expanding evidence base, the public health burden of disease, and the availability of trained personnel or medical infrastructure,' the authors of the guidelines write.
How COVID-19 is Making the Case for Single-Use Bronchoscopes
Prevention Strategies
Becker’s Hospital Review explored bronchoscope reprocessing and cross-contamination issues in a recent feature story. It’s an important issue to probe, especially now.
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Prevention Strategies

Researchers argue European institutions should adopt the same infection prevention strategies for ERCP as the U.S.

Endoscope reprocessing technician with automated reprocessor.

Prevention Challenges

Low endoscope reprocessing assessment scores indicate more training is needed for disinfection of these semi-critical medical devices. This is despite high reported confidence levels in reprocessing protocol from surveyed technicians and nurses in endoscopy.

Endoscope reprocessing station

Preventing Infection

As physician-based practices grow, some find that working with a hospital to centralize reprocessing makes sense. But reusable endoscopes do not adapt well to the system given their fragile design.