Multi-society Guideline for Reprocessing Flexible Gastrointestinal Endoscopes

Douglas B. Nelson, William R. Jarvis, William A. Rutala, Amy E. Foxx-Orenstein, Gerald Isenberg, Georgia P. Dash, Carla J. Alvarado, Marilee Ball, Joyce Griffin-Sobel, Carol Petersen, Kay A. Ball, Jerry Henderson, Rachel L. Stricof, James M. Church

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Abstract

Flexible gastrointestinal endoscopy is a valuable diagnostic and therapeutic tool for the care of patients with gastrointestinal and pancreaticobiliary disorders. Compliance with accepted guidelines for the reprocessing of gastrointestinal endoscopes between patients is critical to the safety and success of their use. When these guidelines are followed, pathogen transmission can be effectively prevented. Increased efforts and resources should be directed to improve compliance with these guidelines. Further research in the area of gastrointestinal endoscope reprocessing should be encouraged. The organizations that endorsed this guideline are committed to assisting the FDA and manufacturers in addressing critical infection control issues in gastrointestinal device reprocessing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)413-421
Number of pages9
JournalDiseases of the colon and rectum
Volume47
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology

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