Gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy is a minimally invasive, medical procedure that is an important tool for the identification and treatment of disorders of the gastrointestinal tract. Contaminated flexible endoscopes pose a significant risk to patients. Endoscopy associated infections and outbreaks have been reported with multi-drug resistant microorganisms. Inadequate endoscope reprocessing has been associated with infectious outbreaks, but some outbreaks have occurred despite strict adherence to established guidelines. To lessen the risk associated with endoscopy, it is imperative to identify problem areas within current reprocessing standards and develop, evaluate, and implement evidence-based solutions.

Year Manuscript Completed

Fall 2019

Senior Project Advisor

Scott M. Douglas

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree

Field of Study

Commerce & Leadership

Document Type