2018-02-28 14:37:40 UTC

AGA Supports New Government Scope Safety Protocols

Feb. 28, 2018

While voluntary, AGA encourages GIs to review and consider adopting sampling and culturing of reprocessed duodenoscopes.

The U.S. FDA, CDC and American Society for Microbiology, along with other endoscope culturing experts, have announced the availability of new voluntary, standardized duodenoscope surveillance sampling and culturing protocols.

These protocols will help facilities monitor the quality of their reprocessing procedures to further aid in reducing the risk of device-associated infection. They are intended to minimize the workload for staff in facilities that choose to implement duodenoscope surveillance sampling and culturing, while maximizing the potential for detecting residual viable microbes after reprocessing.

AGA encourages hospitals and health care facilities that utilize duodenoscopes to:

1.  Continue to meticulously follow manufacturer reprocessing instructions.
2.  Take the additional steps, including those outlined in these protocols, to further reduce the risk of infection and increase the safety of these medical devices. 

AGA assisted in the review of these protocols and is glad to see new guidance for health care facilities. We appreciate that the guidance will standardize surveillance efforts and increase the safety of duodenoscopes, as they are a critical to our ability to diagnose and treat our GI patients.

The AGA Center for GI Innovation and Technology continues to engage with stakeholders around this issue and is committed to collaborating on a solution to ensure zero device-associated infections. The center will be hosting a special session on challenges and long-term solutions for safely reprocessing duodenoscopes at the 2018 AGA Tech Summit, March 21-23 in Boston, Massachusetts.

For more information on these new protocols, join FDA and other stakeholders for a webinar on March 22, 2018, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. EST. More information is available on the FDA website.

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