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Best Practices for High-Level Disinfection and Sterilization of Endoscopes

High-profile outbreaks have been associated with improper medical device reprocessing, and despite a preponderance of guidelines and recommended practices, sterile processing personnel are challenged by real-world conditions that impact practices significantly. Sterile processing personnel and infection preventionists must work together to ensure that proper reprocessing protocols for high-level disinfection and sterilization are being followed, and healthcare institution leadership must ensure that these departments have the staff and resources necessary for a high-functioning reprocessing program.

  • Outbreaks can be caused by improperly reprocessed endoscopes and medical devices
  • Renewed scrutiny by regulatory agencies and accreditation bodies is forcing change
  • Best practices for proper scope reprocessing are promulgated by numerous guidelines