Assessing residual contamination and damage inside flexible endoscopes over time

Cori L. Ofstead, Harry P. Wetzler, John E. Eiland, Otis L. Heymann, Sarah B. Held, Michael J Shaw

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1675-1677
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican journal of infection control
Volume44
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016

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Keywords

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

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Ofstead, C. L., Wetzler, H. P., Eiland, J. E., Heymann, O. L., Held, S. B., & Shaw, M. J. (2016). Assessing residual contamination and damage inside flexible endoscopes over time. American journal of infection control, 44(12), 1675-1677. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2016.06.029

Assessing residual contamination and damage inside flexible endoscopes over time. / Ofstead, Cori L.; Wetzler, Harry P.; Eiland, John E.; Heymann, Otis L.; Held, Sarah B.; Shaw, Michael J.

In: American journal of infection control, Vol. 44, No. 12, 01.12.2016, p. 1675-1677.

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Ofstead, CL, Wetzler, HP, Eiland, JE, Heymann, OL, Held, SB & Shaw, MJ 2016, 'Assessing residual contamination and damage inside flexible endoscopes over time', American journal of infection control, vol. 44, no. 12, pp. 1675-1677. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2016.06.029
Ofstead, Cori L. ; Wetzler, Harry P. ; Eiland, John E. ; Heymann, Otis L. ; Held, Sarah B. ; Shaw, Michael J. / Assessing residual contamination and damage inside flexible endoscopes over time. In: American journal of infection control. 2016 ; Vol. 44, No. 12. pp. 1675-1677.
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