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Unresolved Issues in Endoscope Care

In the aftermath of the release of updated guidelines for reprocessing flexible endoscopes, several unresolved issues remain, based on the current evidence. These issues include the shelf life or "hang time" of endoscopes, replacement of clean water bottles and tubing, as well as microbiological surveillance testing of endoscopes after reprocessing. In this report we examine each of these issues more closely as well as provide detailed instruction on the eight critical steps of endoscope reprocessing from the SGNA's Standards of Infection Control in Reprocessing of Flexible Gastrointestinal Endoscopes.

  • Further research is needed to address unresolved issues related to endoscope reprocessing.
  • Experts advise keeping the focus on already-known, evidence-based practices.
  • Scrupulous reprocessing practices can help curtail endoscope-related transmission of infections