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    FDA Orders Recall of Endoscope Washers

    February 29, 2016

    After a rash of reported illnesses and deaths that were linked to poorly-cleaned flexible endoscopes in the summer of 2015, the FDA has implicated manufacturers of endoscope washers as part of the...

    How Communication Was the Second Largest Problem With the Superbug Infections

    February 21, 2016

    The “superbug” infections were a global wave of infections eventually linked to contaminated duodenoscopes. The United States Senate has concluded that the problem could have been partially minimized...

    The Importance of Cleaning and the Most Common Missteps in the Manual Cleaning Process for Flexible Endoscopes

    February 15, 2016

    Keeping endoscopes clean is an extremely important part of any surgical or endoscopy operation. Dirty scopes can lead to the spread of infection from one patient to another, and can cause numerous...

    FDA OKs New, Redesigned Flexible Olympus Endoscope Previously Linked With Infectious Outbreaks

    February 12, 2016

    Following the outbreak of several major infectious diseases linked to improperly cleaned and maintained endoscopes, major device manufacturers such as Olympus have redesigned problematic scopes and...

    Effectively Implementing Hand Hygiene Compliance Systems

    January 29, 2016

    The idea that hand hygiene is a primary way for reducing the spread of infections in healthcare facilities has been widely accepted around the world. As a result, the World Health Organization...

    Loaner Instrument Tray Management: A Shared Responsibility

    January 20, 2016

    Surgical procedures are becoming more technologically advanced every day, which often means that the costs associated with medical instruments keep rising. One way that medical facilities are dealing...

    FDA Taking Action on Medical Device Linked to Infections

    January 20, 2016

    In the last two years, a series of adverse events have occurred in patients, linked to the use of a variety of endoscopic medical devices that were improperly reprocessed and maintained. After...

    California Endoscopes Cleaned Improperly for Seven Years

    January 11, 2016

    When it comes to maintaining equipment in a hospital environment, it is extremely important to make sure that all necessary staffers know how to properly clean and disinfect the scopes and other...

    Hospitals Committed to Reducing Infections

    January 07, 2016

    As infectious organisms evolve resistance to antibiotics and antimicrobial agents, hospitals find it increasingly challenging to protect patients from secondary and surgical site infections. Patients...

    Medicare Sanctions Hundreds of Hospitals for Safety Violations

    January 05, 2016

    Multiple hospitals have received Medicare sanctions from the federal government, related to repeated patient safety incidents. In 2015, and in accordance with the Affordable Care Act, Medicare fined...