Webinar: Endoscope Reprocessing in Real-World Settings

An Evidence-Based Discussion of the Problems and Possible Solutions

Infection control thought leaders Dr. William Rutala and Cori Ofstead discuss evidence-based factors that contribute to reprocessing failures in real-world settings and offer potential solutions to mitigate the problems. 


There is a problem – Factors that contribute to reprocessing failures 
Speaker: Cori Ofstead

  • Clinical use of damaged endoscopes
  • Inadequate cleaning
  • Improper high-level disinfection and minimum recommended concentration (MRC) testing practices
  • Insufficient drying/poor storage conditions
  • Lack of consistent quality assurance 
  • Human factors that impact reprocessing quality/outcomes

Doing nothing is not an option.  What are the potential solutions? 
Speaker: Dr. William Rutala 

  • Why does high-level disinfection fail to provide patient safety? 
  • Evidence-based recommendation for sterilization of endoscopes
  • Supplemental measures to reduce infection risk 
  • Future/novel approaches to endoscope reprocessing to improve patient safety

Meet the Speakers

Dr. Rutala

Dr. William A. Rutala , PhD, MPH

Dr. Rutala is the Director and co-founder of the Statewide Program for Infection Control and Epidemiology and a Professor for the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of North Carolina's School of Medicine. His research interests are the etiology and prevention of healthcare-associated infections with a special focus on disinfection and sterilization of reusable medical and surgical devices (e.g., endoscopes, surgical instruments).

Cori Ofstead

Cori Ofstead , MSPH

Cori is the President and CEO of Ofstead & Associates, Inc., where she leads a multidisciplinary team that specializes in designing and conducting real-world studies using gold-standard research methods to validate healthcare guidelines, treatments, and product claims. She specializes in interpreting scientific evidence for diverse audiences, and she has presented at numerous national and international conferences. Cori currently serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of Infection Control, and she is a reviewer for Endoscopy, Endoscopy International Open, Journal of Urology, and Vaccine.


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