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
Senior Project Advisor
Scott M. Douglas
Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree
Field of Study
Commerce & Leadership
Greenwell, Lisa, "Reducing the Risks of Contaminated Flexible Endoscopes and Improving the Margin of Safety with the Reprocessing Process" (2019). Integrated Studies. 244.