In their ground-breaking research study published recently in the American Journal of Infection Control, Ofstead & Associates used diverse data sources including literature review, interviews with frontline personnel, retrospective review of data from audits and site visits, and a survey of sterile processing technicians and managers to expose challenges with current endoscope reprocessing practices1.
“We have observed widespread non-adherence to minimum standards for HLD use and MEC2 testing at many sites. In one study, steps were skipped or done incorrectly for 99% of the endoscopes, and substandard high-level disinfection practices were among the errors made.”
C.L. Ofstead et al. / American Journal of Infection Control.