Longitudinal assessment of reprocessing effectiveness for colonoscopes and gastroscopes: Results of visual inspections, biochemical markers, and microbial cultures

@article{Ofstead2017LongitudinalAO,
  title={Longitudinal assessment of reprocessing effectiveness for colonoscopes and gastroscopes: Results of visual inspections, biochemical markers, and microbial cultures},
  author={Cori L Ofstead and Harry P Wetzler and Otis L. Heymann and Ellen A Johnson and John E. Eiland and Michael J. Shaw},
  journal={AJIC (American Journal of Infection Control)},
  year={2017},
  volume={45},
  pages={e26–e33}
}
HighlightsEndoscopes accumulated contamination, visible damage, and debris over time.Examination of internal components detected damage or fluid inside every endoscope.Routine cleaning verification tests identified endoscopes requiring re‐reprocessing.Microbial culture incubation >48 hours fostered growth and pathogen identification.Microbial growth was found in samples from 60% of gastrointestinal endoscopes. Background: Flexible endoscopes are currently reused following cleaning and high… Expand
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