SGNA Revises Guideline for the Use of HLDs and Sterilants for Reprocessing Flexible GI Endoscopes

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The Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates, Inc. (SGNA) has released the Guideline for the Use of High-Level Disinfectants and Sterilants for Reprocessing of Flexible Gastrointestinal Endoscopes. Professional medical associations and regulatory agencies consider high-level disinfectants the standard of care in reprocessing flexible GI endoscopes, and this new SGNA guideline explains how to safely and effectively use these solutions.

The document offers information about the main ingredients of these solutions and their compatibility with flexible GI endoscopes. In addition, it includes detailed information regarding general principles common to the use of all high-level disinfectants and handling recommendations.

Other valuable information found in the SGNA Guideline for the Use of High-Level Disinfectants and Sterilants for Reprocessing of Flexible Gastrointestinal Endoscopes includes a table outlining high-level disinfectants’ compatibility with endoscopes, a list of FDA-approved sterilants and high-level disinfectants, and a list of several different liquid chemical sterilants and disinfectants for reprocessing flexible (GI) endoscopes in the United States.

To read the Guideline for the Use of High-Level Disinfectants and Sterilants for Reprocessing of Flexible Gastrointestinal Endoscopes in full, CLICK HERE. The document was written and prepared by the SGNA Practice Committee, which develops practice-related strategies that assist in fulfilling SGNA’s mission and goals. The Committee also ensures that practice-related products and services are current and that new practice items are developed to meet the needs of members and the industry. Before they reach the public, SGNA practice guidelines undergo a rigorous Board approval and copyediting process to ensure accuracy and clarity.

Source: Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates, Inc.

Also from the SGNA:

Standards of Infection Control in Reprocessing of Flexible Gastrointestinal Endoscopes (2012) 

Statement on Reprocessing of Endoscopic Accessories and Valves and Statement on Reprocessing of Water Bottles Used During Endoscopy


 

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