Slide Show: Protocol for Detecting Bacterial Contamination of Duodenoscopes

With input from healthcare facilities, professional partners and stakeholders, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed an interim protocol for facilities that want to test their duodenoscopes for contamination with bacteria, including CRE, after the cleaning and disinfection process. These interim protocols provide a step-by-step approach for facilities wanting to check whether scopes could be a source of infection for patients. Included are suggestions for how scopes should be sampled, options for the frequency and types of sampling, how to test those samples in a lab, and how to interpret results. This slide show summarizes the key points of this new protocol.