Gastroenterology

Culture, quarantine effectively identify contaminated duodenoscopes




First and even second time high-level disinfection may not be enough to eliminate bacterial contamination in duodenoscopes, but a culture and quarantine program can help identify which scopes need more attention, according to study results.
“Because of the concerns of duodenoscope-transmitted infections, in 2015 our institution re-evaluated duodenoscope cleaning and reprocessing practices and instituted [high-level disinfection] followed by a culture and quarantine protocol to decrease risks of infection,” Jacob Mark, MD, of the division of pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology

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