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Gastroscope-Associated Outbreak Uncovered

PREVENTION CHALLENGES

New data reveals a Pseudomonas outbreak affecting five patients could be traced back to a contaminated gastroscope.

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Value-Based Care
Dr. Shivangi T. Kothari, an advanced endoscopist in Rochester, New York, is a part of Women in Endoscopy, a group dedicated to supporting female endoscopists’ career advancement. That mission has grown in the face of challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Value-Based Care
The COVID-19 pandemic expanded opportunities for telehealth in GI endoscopy. Explore the benefits for both clinicians and patients and how different demographic factors might play a role in success.
Survey: GI Endoscopists Signal Readiness for Disposable Duodenoscopes
Prevention Strategies
Highlights from a recent survey of gastroenterologists shed light on their willingness to convert to single-use endoscopy technology.
Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19 on Colorectal Cancer Screening
Prevention Strategies
A NYU gastroenterologist says colleagues can help mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on colorectal cancer screenings by encouraging patients to keep scheduled screening appointments.
International Infection Prevention Week 2020: GI Societies’ Recommendations on Reprocessing Endoscopes
Prevention Strategies
Preventing the spread of COVID-19 extends to infection prevention measures in the endoscopy suite. That’s why six gastroenterological societies issued guidelines for reprocessing gastrointestinal endoscopes.
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Europe

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.