n South African Gastroenterology Review - South African Gastrointestinal Nurses Society : Contamination Alert!

Volume 4, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1812-1659



Extracted from text ... The South African Gastroenterology Review ? November 2006 98 SAGINS Common pathogens found on bacterial cultures of endoscopes include Pseudomonas, Klebsiela, Proteus, E coli and Samonella Contamination of endoscopes occur if; ? Reprocessing has been inadequate, manual cleaning not performed properly and biological material allowed to dry on or in the endoscope. ? The endoscope is damaged Failure to inspect and perform leakage testing prior to use of endoscope. ? Failure because of inappropriate disinfectants, lack of all channel irrigation and inadequate immersion times. LEAKAGE TESTING SHOULD BE DONE AT THE BEGINNING OF PROCEDURE LIST AND IN BETWEEN EACH ..

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