Webinar: “No Compromise for Bronchoscope Reprocessing”


A Clinical Risk Management Approach for Patients Undergoing Endoscopic Procedures

Professor Venneri discusses the challenges of bronchoscope reprocessing, the risks associated with high-level disinfection and the responsibilities of healthcare services in preventing surgical site infections (SSIs).

Key Takeaways:

  • Bronchoscopes are complex devices, typically used in semi-critical procedures, that contain both heat- and moisture-sensitive components1
  • Inadequate cleaning of bronchoscopes using high-level disinfection, a labour-intensive process with a low margin of safety, puts patients at risk of healthcare-associated infection1
  • This has led to a shift in reprocessing guidelines towards the use of sterilization as standard for endoscope reprocessing1
  • Sterilization of bronchoscopes provides a greater margin of safety than high-level disinfection, therefore protecting patients from risk of healthcare-associated infection and reducing the financial burden associated with them1

Hosted By Francesco Venneri, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.S.

Professor Venneri is an emergency medicine and trauma surgeon and the clinical risk manager and patient safety officer for the Florence Healthcare Service, Italy.

His other roles include:

  • Member of Tuscany Regional Center for Patient Safety and Risk Management
  • Secretary General of The Italian Network For Safety in Healthcare (INSH) – Italian Branch of ISQua
  • Italian Ministry of Health Consultant for Sentinel Events analysis
  • Scientific consultant for Patient Safety Issues of the Italian Society of Digestive Endoscopy
  • Professor of Clinical Risk Management University of Florence School of Medicine and Nursing


  1. Advanced Sterilization Products. Reprocessing of Bronchoscopes. AD-170025-01-CT_D-MDR (ADREQ-141378) approved on 20/12/2021.



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