Flexible Endoscope Reprocessing: The Journey of a Dirty Endoscope
Endoscopy is a procedure to visually examine the inside of the body using an endoscope. Duodenoscope is an example of a flexible endoscope used in endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) procedures and have received attention due to the infections associated with the improper reprocessing in recently years.1
FDA Safety Alert about Infections Tied to Reprocessed Urological Endoscopes
On April 1, 2021, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety alert in the form of a letter to health care providers regarding infections linked to reprocessed urological endoscopes. In this announcement, the FDA notes they have received numerous Medical Device Reports (MDRs) that describe patient infections post procedure or other possible contamination issues associated with reprocessing these devices.