BY LAURA SCHNEIDER RN, CASC | MARCH 2018
To avoid an endoscope incident at your ASC, make sure that your scope reprocessing practices are based on manufacturers’ instructions for use.
The ECRI Institute has listed endoscope reprocessing on its “Top 10 Health Technology Hazards” list for the last eight years, and endoscope-related infections have been in the news frequently during this time. According to William Rutala, director of the Statewide Program for Infection Control and Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, “There are more outbreaks from the use of endoscopes than any other medical device due to the complexity of the instrument and microbial contamination.”
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