Released on Apr 25, 2018

Updated ASGE Guideline on Infection Control

A new guideline from the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) discusses the latest information to help facilities minimize the risk of infection transmission in environments where endoscopic procedures happen.

The Quality Assurance in Endoscopy Committee of ASGE has updated the guideline, “Infection Control in Endoscopy.” The updated document appears in the May issue of GIE: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

This guideline addresses several notable areas that are important, timely and relevant to all endoscopy units, including:

  • An updated literature review on rates of bacterial, viral and other microbial transmission in GI endoscopy
  • General infection control in the unit
  • Latest recommendations for reprocessing of duodenoscopes and linear array echoendoscopes
  • Specific information about rinsing, drying and storage of scopes
  • The importance of leadership to ensure competency in reprocessing (cleaning) of endoscopes
  • Expanded guidance on protection of personnel

The new guideline is based on an extensive analysis of the latest studies in consultation with the consensus of recognized experts in the field.

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About Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures allow the gastroenterologist to visually inspect the upper gastrointestinal tract (esophagus, stomach and duodenum) and the lower bowel (colon and rectum) through an endoscope, a thin, flexible device with a lighted end and a powerful lens system. Endoscopy has been a major advance in the treatment of gastrointestinal diseases. For example, the use of endoscopes allows the detection of ulcers, cancers, polyps and sites of internal bleeding. Through endoscopy, tissue samples (biopsies) may be obtained, areas of blockage can be opened and active bleeding can be stopped. Polyps in the colon can be removed, which has been shown to prevent colon cancer.

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