Other Papers

The following are a list of articles about disinfection and sterilization that are available for reading on the Internet and that provide insight into quality and both the prevention of healthcare-associated infections (“HAIs”) and the control of disease transmission during, for example, colonoscopy and bronchoscopy.

  1. Harris AD, et al. Universal Glove and Gown Use and Acquisition of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria in the ICU. A Randomized Trial. JAMA E1-E10. Published online October 4, 2013. Click here.
  2. Hong KH, Lim YJ. “Recent Update of Gastrointestinal Endoscope Reprocessing” Clin Endosc 2013;46:267-273). Click here.
  3. McKenna M. The Last Resort: An article about “CRE.” Nature 25 July 2013;499:394-6. Click here.
  4. Ramsey AH, et al. An Outbreak of Bronchoscopy-Related Mycobacterium tuberculosis Infections Due to Lack of Bronchoscope Leak Testing. Chest 2002;121;976-981. Click here.
  5. Schaefer MK, et al. Infection Control Assessment of Ambulatory
    Surgical Centers. JAMA 2010;303(22):2273-2279. Click here.

Also read:

  1. An estimation of the global volume of surgery: a modelling strategy based on available data (PDF) Weiser TG et al. Lancet 2008;372:139–44
  2. Bronchoscope Reprocessing and Infection Prevention and Control: Bronchoscopy-Specific Guidelines Are Needed (PDF)
    Srinivasan A et al. Chest 2004;125:307–314
  3. Challenging endoscopy reprocessing guidelines: a prospective study investigating the safe shelf life of flexible endoscopes in a tertiary gastroenterology unit (PDF) Osborne S et al. Endoscopy 2007;39:825–830
  4. Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease: Recommendations for Disinfection and Sterilization (PDF) Rutala WA, Weber DJ. Clinical Infectious Diseases 2001;32:1348–56
  5. Current issues in endoscope reprocessing and infection control during gastrointestinal endoscopy (PDF) Nelson DB, Muscarella LF. World Journal of Gastroenterology 2006;12:3953–3964
  6. Decontamination of minimally invasive surgical endoscopes and accessories (PDF) Ayliffe G, Minimal Access Therapy Decontamination Working Group. Journal of Hospital Infection 2000;45:263–277
  7. Disinfection and Sterilization in Health Care Facilities: What Clinicians Need to Know (PDF) Rutala WA, Weber DJ. Clinical Infectious Diseases 2004;39:702–9
  8. Disinfection of a Probe Used in Ultrasound-Guided Prostate Biopsy (PDF)
    Rutala WA, Gergen, MF, Weber DJ. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology 2007;28:916–919
  9. Disinfection of Endoscopes: Review of New Chemical Sterilants Used for High-Level Disinfection (PDF) Rutala WA, Weber DJ. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology 1999;20:69–76
  10. ESGE/ESGENA guideline for process validation and routine testing for reprocessing endoscopes in washer-disinfectors, according to the European Standard prEN ISO 15883 parts 1, 4 and 5 (PDF) Beilenhoff U et al. Endoscopy 2007; 39:85–94
  11. ESGE-ESGENA guideline for quality assurance in reprocessing: Microbiological surveillance testing in endoscopy (PDF) Beilenhoff U et al. Endoscopy 2007;39:175–181
  12. How to Assess Risk of Disease Transmission to Patients When There Is a Failure to Follow Recommended Disinfection and Sterilization Guidelines (PDF) Rutala WA, Weber DJ. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology 2007;28:146–155
  13. Impact of an Oil-Based Lubricant on the Effectiveness of the Sterilization Processes (PDF) Rutala WA, Gergen MF, Weber DJ. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology 2008;29:69–72
  14. The Importance of Bronchoscope Reprocessing Guidelines: Raising the Standard of Care (PDF) Muscarella, LF, Haponik EF, Perl TM. Chest 2004;126:1001–1003
  15. Importance of cleaning for reprocessing endoscopes and thermolabile sterile medical devices: French use and regulations (PDF) Darbord JC. Journal of Hospital Infection 2004;56:S40–S43
  16. Infection control during GI endoscopy (PDF)
    The Standards of Practice Committee of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE). Gastrointestinal Endoscopy 2008;67:781–90
  17. Infection Control in the Bronchoscopy Suite: A Review of Outbreaks and Guidelines for Prevention (PDF) Culver DA, Gordon SM, Mehta AC. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 2003;167:1050–1056
  18. Managing the risk of nosocomial transmission of prion diseases (PDF) Weber DJ, Rutala WA. Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases 2002;15:421–425
  19. Multi-society Guideline for Reprocessing Flexible Gastrointestinal Endoscopes (PDF) Nelson DB, et al. Infection Control and Hospital and Epidemiology 2003;24:532–7
  20. Prevention of disease transmission during flexible laryngoscopy (PDF)
    Muscarella LF. American Journal of Infection Control 2007;35:536–44
  21. Recent advances in epidemiology and prevention of gastrointestinal endoscopy related infections (PDF) Nelson DB. Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases 2005;18:326–330
  22. Reprocessing endoscopes: United States perspective (PDF) Rutala WA, Weber DJ. Journal of Hospital Infection 2004;56:S27–S39
  23. Reprocessing failure (PDF) The Standards of Practice Committee of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE). Gastrointestinal Endoscopy 2007;66:869–71
  24. Utilization of colonoscopy in the United States: results from a national consortium (PDF) Lieberman DA et al. Gastrointestinal Endoscopy 2005;62:875–83


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