Managing Endoscopes

How To Set And Track Hang-Time Limits For Flexible Endoscopes

Hang-time limits for flexible endoscopes have been a hot topic among GI, Infection Control and Sterile Processing professionals for the last several years. With no consensus emerging in hang-time limits (sometimes called an endoscope’s shelf life), hospitals are left to make this decision on their own. With different stakeholders within the hospital looking at different […]

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Massachusetts-Based Hospital The Latest To Reveal Endoscope-Related Infection Risk

Springfield, Massachusetts-based Baystate Medical Center is notifying nearly 50 patients that a recent colonoscope procedure may have exposed them to a life-threatening illness.  The news was reported by Masslive.com, and continues the trend of endoscope-related safety issues across the US. Noble Hospital, which was acquired by Baystate Health in 2015, was found to have had

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First Olympus Trial Gets A New Day In Court

The first trial accusing Olympus Corp. of wrongdoing associated with contaminated duodenoscopes in US hospitals will be re-tried due to the discovery of new evidence that may aid the plaintiff’s case. The case examines the death of Richard Bigler, a 57 year-old patient who underwent a scope procedure while battling pancreatic cancer in 2013.  The

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How To Create An All-Electronic Audit Trail For Your Scopes

Flexible endoscopes present a unique challenge for hospitals to track and manage – these expensive medical instruments must be quickly re-processed after usage in order to provide the required instrumentation for the next procedure, yet they must undergo rigorous, time-consuming reprocessing after every use to ensure the highest levels of patient safety. Due to different

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The Difference Between Passing a Joint Commission Survey and Continuous Improvement

With the recent scrutiny placed on the Joint Commission (TJC) in publications like the Wall Street Journal, TJC has found itself on the defensive regarding its accreditations and how it holds hospitals accountable for safety violations. In response, TJC has been trying to open up a dialogue with the public about the importance of its

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ECRI Top Health Technology Hazards List Once Again Includes Endoscope Reprocessing

The ECRI Institute, based in Philadelphia, has just released its annual list of health technology hazards for 2018.  Unsurprisingly, endoscope reprocessing once again appears near the top of the list, coming in as the number 2 hazard for 2018. ECRI’s list is the result of extensive research by its own engineers, scientists and clinicians, as

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Is Your Endoscope Reprocessing Area Set Up For Success?

Many hospitals continue to underestimate the importance of a successful endoscope reprocessing practice. Several hospitals and medical facilities that we’ve visited invest too little in facilities and staff to prepare their endoscopes after usage in procedures.  However, if a hospital is unable to successfully ensure the cleanliness of these vital reusable instruments, they could be

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The Importance of Visual Inspection for Endoscope Reprocessing

Visual inspection has emerged in recent years as an important quality assurance step during endoscope reprocessing. Updated guidelines from AAMI, AORN and SGNA have all included a visual inspection step during the disinfection process to ensure that scopes are being thoroughly prepared for the next patient. All three standards organizations have come out in support

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New Research On Endoscope Disinfection Reveals Importance of Forced Air Drying

A new study into the cleanliness of endoscopes following high level disinfection has revealed some important findings.  The research team, headed by Dr. Adarsh Thaker at UCLA, used specialized digital video cameras to perform visual inspection on 59 duodenoscopes, gastroscopes, echoendoscopes and colonoscopes after manual cleaning and high level disinfection. Each visual inspection included a

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Establishing a Successful Scope Management Strategy

Hospitals and healthcare providers are under increased scrutiny by The Joint Commission (TJC), the FDA, DNV and even Congress to improve the documentation practices around flexible endoscope usage. There are articles in the media seemingly every day about how an endoscope manufacturer or a hospital was cited, sued or otherwise put in a negative light

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