What is it about?

Millions of endoscopies are performed around the globe. Endoscopes are reused countless times and undergo reprocessing after each use. Appropriate methods of reprocessing ensures safety for patients undergoing endoscopy. This study aimed to assess the existing practices among health care personnel in the endoscopy unit. The study assessed the “factors affecting reprocessing”, “practice of reprocessing”; and "microbial growth" before and after the evidence-based protocol. The protocol was found effective in improving the practice of reprocessing and reducing microbial growth.

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Why is it important?

This study emphasized the need for facilities to ensure the training of health care personnel, assess their competency and to follow evidence-based guidelines of practice.

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This page is a summary of: Optimising the reprocessing of endoscopes for patient safety, Gastrointestinal Nursing, October 2022, Mark Allen Group, DOI: 10.12968/gasn.2022.20.sup8.s14.
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