Tag Archive: endoscope

Mar
02

Outbreaks of GI “Superbugs” Underscore the Need for Enhanced Infection Control Processes in Endoscopy

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Do you consider endoscopic GI procedures as “Low Risk” for contact with infectious bacteria or bloodborne pathogens?  If so, it may be time to revisit this misleading and potentially dangerous perception. Earlier this month, the FDA warned healthcare facilities about multiple reported failures in the effectiveness of reprocessing procedures used on certain endoscopes that had …

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Nov
24

Does Your Endoscopy Infection Control Process Pass the “Smell Test”?

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     Endoscopic GI procedures provide a valuable, life-saving screening tool for the prevention of a wide array of diseases and disorders.  However, as simplistic and routine as these may seem on the surface, having comprehensive infection prevention processes in place during GI procedures is a critical and often overlooked step in preventing exposure of …

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Feb
12

ASGE Guidelines Call for the Elimination of Gaps in Endoscopy Infection Control to Ensure Safety

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The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) recently issued its “Guidelines for safety in the gastrointestinal endoscopy unit,”1 emphasizing the need for updated processes and procedures to ensure patient and staff safety during the delivery of care in endoscopic GI procedure areas.   These newest guidelines, as developed by the ASGE Ensuring Safety in the …

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Jun
12

Is it Time for Updated Infection Control Practices in Endoscopy?(Part 1)

Endoscopic procedures, like colonoscopy and upper GI endoscopy (EGD), are a valuable and life-saving screening and diagnostic tool performed by teams of medical professionals dedicated to providing the highest quality of patient care.  The evolution of these procedures has seen great advancements with high-definition endoscopes, automated scope reprocessors, and an ongoing commitment to patient education …

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