Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology / 2001 / Article

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Volume 15 |Article ID 691584 |

Alistair E Cowen, "The Clinical Risks of Infection Associated with Endoscopy", Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, vol. 15, Article ID 691584, 11 pages, 2001.

The Clinical Risks of Infection Associated with Endoscopy

Received15 Jul 1999
Accepted19 Jul 1999


The cleaning of flexible endoscopes is difficult and time consuming. Any method of attempted sterilization or high level disinfection will fail if prior cleaning has been defective. Inadequate reprocessing of endoscopes may result in patient to patient transmission of serious bacterial and viral diseases or infection with endemic hospital pathogens. Antibiotic prophylaxis is required to prevent septicemia and bacterial endocarditis in high risk patients undergoing specific endoscopic procedures. Prevention of serious endoscopy-associated clinical infections requires strict compliance with detailed reprocessing protocols by specially trained nursing staff.

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