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National Standards We Follow Regarding Endoscopy and Infection Control

Infection-Control.jpgWe have formally adopted the following National Professional Standards and Guidelines:

  1. Multi-Society Guidelines for Reprocessing Flexible Gastrointestinal Endoscopes endorsed by the:

  2. Center for Disease Control (CDC) Guidelines for:

    • Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities
  3. OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration)

How are cleaning and disinfection/sterilization procedures monitored for quality?

Equipment and instrument cleaning are complex processes involving numerous technical details. Our staff are highly trained and certified competent in the cleaning, and disinfecting process of the equipment. We monitor, record and report quarterly on points of equipment disinfection and competency.

Our extensive quality control program monitors over many quality factors on an ongoing basis. Critical factors related to infection control are monitored on every processed instrument, and we adopted the model to use disposable items for single patient use.

Post-procedure complications and infections are also tracked on a quarterly basis. The Endoscopy Center has no documented infections since opening in March 2003.

Our center has actively participated in the AAAHC Colonoscopy Study.