Thursday, March 8, 2012
Cross-contamination From Flexible Endoscopes
Improper cleaning and disinfection techniques of flexible endoscopes can lead to patient cross-contamination, resulting in life-threatening infections.
It is essential to adhere to a multistep procedure for reprocessing endoscopes. Any missed step could compromise the process.
Make sure to review instructions before purchase to help identify and avoid devices that are complicated. Have a specific reprocessing protocol for each flexible endoscope. Ask the manufacturer of the device to identify unique requirements for cleaning and sterilization.