In this episode of Smart Healthcare Safety from ECRI Institute, we're talking with two ECRI Institute experts about endoscope reprocessing.
Inadequate reprocessing of flexible endoscopes led to 30,000 patients being called for follow-up testing between 2005 and 2012, according to one estimate. Contaminated endoscopes can spread infections like HIV and hepatitis B and C, and even in the absence of an outbreak, media coverage of a recall can damage the facility's reputation.
ECRI Institute's James Davis and Jackie Ferenschak discuss why endoscopes are difficult to reprocess effectively and strategies for helping staff succeed.
In ECRI’s Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2019, we identified mishandling flexible endoscopes after disinfection on the list as a potential source of danger that we believe warrants attention. Members of the Healthcare Risk Control and PSO Plus programs can login to see our complete guidance on endoscope reprocessing.