Endoscopy Insights is a podcast devoted to conversations with thought leaders in flexible and single-use endoscopy. In each episode we’ll explore the ways different clinical and technological innovations are moving the field of endoscopy forward.
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Best Practices in Endoscope Reprocessing
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration revealed in a letter to healthcare providers that it’s investigating numerous medical device reports describing patient infections and other possible contamination issues potentially associated with reprocessed urological endoscopes. Dr. Larry Muscarella delves into more detail on reprocessing best practices and some of the challenges therein. He also shares his key takeaways from the FDA letter — for clinicians, regulators and healthcare consumers alike.
FDA Investigating Reports of Infections Associated with Reprocessed Urological Endoscopes
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating “numerous” medical device reports (MDRs) describing patient infections and other possible contamination issues possibly associated with reprocessed urological endoscopes. Dr. Larry Muscarella, an independent safety expert who advises hospitals, manufacturers and the public about medical device safety and infection prevention, talks about the letter to healthcare providers from the FDA.
The FDA’s Safety Communication Update for Reprocessing Bronchoscopes
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently updated a safety communication on reprocessing flexible bronchoscopes. In that update, the FDA recommends, among other things, that healthcare providers consider using single-use bronchoscopes when there is increased risk of spreading infection and when treating COVID-19 patients. To break down this announcement and what it means, we talked to Dr. Hudson Garrett, an infection prevention and control expert.
Infection Control Risks and Endoscopy
What are the challenges, and potential missteps, when it comes to reprocessing bronchoscopes, GI endoscopes and ureteroscopes? How have guidelines and standards evolved? And how has COVID-19 flipped the script when it comes to pursuing evidence-based strategies to eliminate infections related to endoscopes? We explore these questions and more with Dr. Hudson Garrett, CEO of Community Health Associates LLC in Atlanta and co-founder of the nonprofit Infection Prevention Institute.