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Am J Infect Control. 2016 Dec 1;44(12):1675-1677. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2016.06.029. Epub 2016 Sep 7.

Assessing residual contamination and damage inside flexible endoscopes over time.

Author information

1
Ofstead & Associates, Inc, St Paul, MN. Electronic address: cori@ofsteadinsights.com.
2
Ofstead & Associates, Inc, St Paul, MN.
3
Fairview Maple Grove Medical Center, Maple Grove, MN.
4
Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN.

Abstract

Researchers evaluated flexible endoscope damage and contamination levels at baseline and 2 months later. Postcleaning test results exceeded benchmarks for all gastroscopes and no colonoscopes. Microbial growth was found in samples from 47% of fully reprocessed endoscopes at baseline and 60% at follow-up. Borescope examinations identified scratches, discoloration, debris, and fluid inside endoscopes. Irregularities changed over time. Study evaluations allowed damaged and contaminated endoscopes to be identified and re-reprocessed or sent for repairs.

KEYWORDS:

Adenosine triphosphate; Colonoscope; Epidemiology; Gastroscope; Microbial cultures; Reprocessing

PMID:
27614710
DOI:
10.1016/j.ajic.2016.06.029
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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