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One of the Top 10 Health Technology Hazards - Cross Contamination from Flexible Endoscopes

By Georgette A. Samaritan, R.N., B.S.N., Senior Risk Management Consultant

November 26, 2013

The Case


Patient cross-contamination from improperly reprocessed flexible endoscopes continues to affect large groups of patients. Endoscope reprocessing problems may be detrimental to a facility’s reputation, create anxiety when patients are told they may have been exposed to a contaminated endoscope, and at worst, may lead to life-threatening infections. Such incidents are almost always …

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