Endoscope Reprocessing Methods: A Prospective Study on the Impact of Human Factors and Automation

  title={Endoscope Reprocessing Methods: A Prospective Study on the Impact of Human Factors and Automation},
  author={C. Ofstead and H. Wetzler and Alycea K Snyder and Rebecca A Horton},
  journal={Gastroenterology Nursing},
  • C. Ofstead, H. Wetzler, +1 author Rebecca A Horton
  • Published 2010
  • Medicine
  • Gastroenterology Nursing
  • The main cause of endoscopy-associated infections is failure to adhere to reprocessing guidelines. [...] Key Method Data were collected utilizing interviews, surveys, and direct observation. Written reprocessing policies and procedures were in place at all five sites, and employees affirmed the importance of most recommended steps. Nevertheless, observers documented guideline adherence, with only 1.4% of endoscopes reprocessed using manual cleaning methods with automated high-level disinfection versus 75.4% of…Expand Abstract
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