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Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology
Volume 27, Issue 6, Pages 347-350
Original Article

Summary of Guidelines for Infection Prevention and Control for Flexible Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

Lawrence Hookey,1 David Armstrong,2 Rob Enns,3 Anne Matlow,4 Harminder Singh,5 and Jonathan Love6

1Division of Gastroenterology, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
2Division of Gastroenterology, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
3St Paul’s Hospital, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
4Women’s College Hospital, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
5Internal Medicine, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
6Division of Gastroenterology, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Received 17 January 2013; Accepted 18 February 2013

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BACKGROUND: High-quality processes to ensure infection prevention and control in the delivery of safe endoscopy services are essential. In 2010, the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology (CAG) developed a Canadian guideline for the reprocessing of flexible gastrointestinal endoscopy equipment.

METHODS: The CAG Endoscopy Committee carefully reviewed the 2010 guidelines and prepared an executive summary.

RESULTS: Key elements relevant to infection prevention and control for flexible gastrointestinal endoscopy were highlighted for each of the recommendations included in the 2010 document. The 2010 guidelines consist of seven sections, including administrative recommendations, as well as recommendations for endoscopy and endoscopy decontamination equipment, reprocessing endoscopes and accessories, endoscopy unit design, quality management, outbreak investigation and management, and classic and variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease.

DISCUSSION: The recommendations for infection prevention and control for flexible gastrointestinal endoscopy are intended for all individuals with responsibility for endoscopes in all settings where endoscopy is performed.