In this review article, Cori L. Ofstead, MSPH, and associates highlight the reasons endoscope reprocessing is often ineffective and microbes frequently remain on endoscopes after high-level disinfection.
Among the reasons:
After analyzing the literature, interviews with frontline personnel, and evidence from their previous studies, the research team found that reusable high-level disinfectants commonly failed tests for minimum effective concentration before their maximum use periods. Minimum effective concentration tests also found failures linked to single-use high-level disinfectants that did not fully deploy.
Recognizing the need for quality improvement in association with high-level disinfectants is growing, and infection preventionists should build on this momentum and collaborate with manufacturers, endoscopists, and reprocessing personnel to improve high-level disinfection effectiveness, the researchers say.Read More >>