What is the ‘Holiday Effect’ on ERCPs?

What is the ‘Holiday Effect’ on ERCPs?

GASTROINTESTINAL ENDOSCOPY PROCEDURE

Researchers have found certain post-ERCP complications to be more frequent in December. But why?

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Best Practices
Women’s coalition symposium at DDW 2021 focused on career advancement, with special presentation on prioritizing career goals in making extracurricular choices.
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Preventing Infection
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.
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Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Applications
Two advanced endoscopists outline the challenges in infection prevention in ERCP and discuss the potential for single-use endoscopy as part of a comprehensive solution.
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Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Procedure
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Patient Safety
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More safety precautions needed in sterile processing departments based on splash study.

Preventing Infection

Manual cleaning of medical devices not only soaks workers at the sink, it also sends potentially contaminated droplets more than seven feet away, showing a need for better controls, new research shows.

A high-level disinfection (HLD) auditing program can make all the difference when it comes to compliance.

Best Practices

Key departments, including endoscopy, significantly improved compliance with the implementation of an auditing program.

New AORN guidelines for reprocessing flexible endoscopes are designed to be achievable and to represent what is optimal.

Preventing Infection

AORN has issued four new guidelines for processing flexible endoscopes calling for improved communication with decontamination staff, more rigorous testing before sterilization or HLD and more thorough drying procedures.