Webinar: “No Compromise for Reprocessing of Urologic Scopes”


A Clinical Risk Management Approach in Patients Undergoing Invasive Procedures

Professor Venneri discusses the advantages and disadvantages of both high-level disinfection and sterilization of urology endoscopes, and looks at the needs and challenges for urology specialists in minimising the of risk surgical site infections.

Key Takeaways:

  • Urological endoscopes are complex devices that can be used both critically and semi-critically, leading to potential confusion over the level of reprocessing required1
  • Inadequate cleaning of urologic endoscopes using high-level disinfection and use of urologic endoscopes despite insufficient reprocessing for their next procedure can result in healthcare-associated infections and pose a significant risk to patient safety1
  • This has led to a shift in reprocessing guidelines towards the use of sterilization as standard for endoscope reprocessing, which offers a higher standard of patient care and a more convenient reprocessing method1
  • Sterilization of urologic scopes provides a greater margin of safety than high-level disinfection, therefore protecting patients from risk of healthcare-associated infections that occur when disinfected devices are used critically 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 current 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 Endoscopes in the Urology Unit. Advanced Sterilization Products. Reprocessing Endoscopes in the Urology Unit. AD-170026-01-CT_D-MDR (ADREQ-141379) approved on 20/12/2021.



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