February 28, 2018

Agencies issue voluntary protocols for duodenoscope surveillance sampling, culturing

By: Judy Mathias
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Editor’s Note

The Food & Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), American Society for Microbiology, along with other experts on February 26 released voluntary standardized protocols for duodenoscope surveillance sampling and culturing, which update a 2015 CDC interim protocol.

For facilities that choose to implement duodenoscope surveillance sampling and culturing, these protocols can be used to monitor the quality of a facility’s reprocessing procedures. 

Duodenoscopes are flexible, lighted tubes that are threaded through the mouth, throat, and stomach into the top of the small intestine (duodenum). They are used during endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), a potentially life-saving procedure to diagnose and treat problems in the pancreas and bile ducts.

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