Tap Water Used for Irrigation during GI Endoscopy: A Recommendation and Assessment of the Infection Risk

February 18, 2014 — This article discusses the potential for healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) associated with the use of tap water, compared to sterile water, for irrigation (and/or cleansing the endoscope’s lens) during gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopic procedures, such as colonoscopy.  A recommendation...

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Guidance for the Safe Use of “Disposable” Irrigation Tubing Used During GI Endoscopy

October 17, 2013 — This is the third and final article in a series discussing disposable tubing used for irrigation during gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy. This is the most complete set of published articles that focus on this topic. First article...

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Response to a Report about GI Endoscopes Remaining Contaminated despite Cleaning

Initial remarks: This blog by Lawrence F Muscarella, PhD, provides his response to a recent report that gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopes may remain contaminated with patient materials after cleaning, posing an increased risk of healthcare-associated infections. Click here to learn about Read More …