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October 2017
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FDA clears first duodenoscope with disposable end cap

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on September 20 cleared the first duodenoscope with a disposable end cap, which will improve access for cleaning and reprocessing. The new features of the Pentax ED34-i10T duodenoscope include a single-use detachable and disposable distal cap, simpler user interface, improved ergonomics, improved…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 21, 2017
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VA notifies 526 patients at risk from improperly cleaned scopes

Editor's Note The Veterans Affairs Medical Center, in Buffalo, New York, is notifying 526 patients that they may be at risk of infection from improperly cleaned endoscopes, the August 16 Buffalo News reports. A recent hospital review of endoscope disinfection processes found that steps in the manufacturer’s instructions may not…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 21, 2017
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Effect of postop hyperglycemia, preop hemoglobin on outcomes in diabetic patients

Editor's Note Early postoperative hyperglycemia was linked to increased readmissions after gastrointestinal surgery in insulin-dependent diabetic patients, but elevated preoperative hemoglobinA1c was not, this study finds. Higher preoperative hemoglobinA1c levels were associated with increased postoperative glucose level checks and insulin use as well as lower rates of postoperative complications. Though…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 2, 2017
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AAHC releases toolkit on endoscope reprocessing

Editor's Note The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care on July 25 released a new toolkit that focuses on flexible endoscope reprocessing failures. The toolkit is designed to help eliminate failures or lapses in reprocessing through detailed guidelines and checklists in order to mitigate the risk of patient infections. The…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 1, 2017
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FDA: All ED-530XT duodenoscopes by Fujifilm recalled

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on July 21 announced the recall by Fujifilm of its ED-530XT duodenoscopes. The recall includes replacement of the ED-530XT forceps elevator mechanism including the o-ring seal, replacement of the distal end cap, and a new operations manual. The FDA cleared the updated…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 31, 2017
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Economic benefits of low-temperature vs steam sterilization of endoscopes

Editor's Note This Australian study finds it is a good economic decision for large healthcare facilities to invest in low-temperature systems for sterilization of steam-sterilizable endoscopes. Increased costs associated with low-temperature systems were outweighed by savings from fewer instrument repairs. Based on their calculations, the researchers estimated a savings of…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 29, 2017
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Study: Ureteroscopes remain contaminated after cleaning, sterilization

Editor's Note Techniques used to clean and sterilize flexible ureteroscopes left behind contamination that included debris, residue, and bacteria, in this study presented June 14 at the 44th Annual Conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control. Researchers with Ofstead & Associates (St Paul, Minnesota) sampled 16 ureteroscopes at…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 19, 2017
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Analysts predict 5% growth for GI endoscopy device market

Editor's Note The global market for gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy devices is expected to see a compound annual growth rate of 5.09% through 2020, the June 13 Becker’s GI & Endoscopy reports. A large, growing patient pool is driving growth, but risks and complications tied to GI endoscopy procedures also will…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 14, 2017
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Olympus redesigned duodenoscope linked to new infection outbreak

Editor's Note A new outbreak of infections outside the US have been tied to a duodenoscope Olympus modified last year to reduce the risk of transmitting bacteria between patients, the March 22 Los Angeles Times reports. The outbreak of Klebsiella pneumoniae in five patients occurred at the end of December…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 29, 2017
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Non-OR anesthesia care growing in US

Editor's Note Non-OR anesthesia (NORA) is a growing component of anesthesiology practice in the US, this study finds. The proportion of NORA cases overall increased from 28.3% in 2010 to 35.9% in 2014, and the proportion of NORA outpatient cases increased from 69.7% to 73.3%. Colonoscopy was the most common…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 21, 2017
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