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Special Outpatient Surgery Edition - Gastroenterology - January 2019

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J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 9 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 2 1 E ndoscopes are complex instruments with complex reprocessing requirements, but cross-contamination risks during GI procedures are minimal, right? Not nec- essarily. A recent Johns Hopkins study showed that infection rates within a week of upper endoscopies and colonoscopies performed at some ambulatory surgical centers were 100 times higher than previously believed. The infection rate of a rou- tine colonoscopy was thought to be somewhere in the neighborhood of 1 in a million. According to the study, however, the rate is actually closer to 1 in 1,000. Surgery center staffs are often unaware that their patients suffer serious infections after they leave their facilities, says study author James Collins, BS, RN, CNOR | Cleveland, Ohio No More Dirty Endoscopes Enhance the performance of your reprocessing team and reduce the likelihood of human errors that could impact patient safety. • IMPORTANT JOB Contaminated endoscopes introduce microorganisms to a patient's GI tract that spread to adjacent tissue or organs. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR

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