Survey of endoscope reprocessing in Korea

The Disinfection Management Committee of the Korean Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

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    Abstract

    Background/Aims: There is a growing emphasis on quality management in endoscope reprocessing. Previous surveys conducted in 2002 and 2004 were not practitioner-oriented. Therefore, this survey is significant for being the first to target actual participants in endoscope reprocessing in Korea. Methods: This survey comprised 33 self-filled questions, and was personally delivered to nurses and nursing auxiliaries in the endoscopy departments of eight hospitals belonging to the society. The anonymous responses were collected after 1 week either by post or in person by committee members. Results: The survey included 100 participants. In the questionnaire addressing compliance rates with the reprocessing guideline, the majority (98.9%) had a high compliance rate compared to 27% of respondents in 2002 and 50% in 2004. The lowest rate of compliance with a reprocessing procedure was reported for transporting the contaminated endoscope in a sealed container. Automated endoscope reprocessors were available in all hospitals. Regarding reprocessing time, more than half of the subjects replied that reprocessing took more than 15 minutes (63.2%). Conclusions: The quality management of endoscope reprocessing has improved as since the previous survey. A national survey expanded to include primary clinics is required to determine the true current status of endoscope reprocessing.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)39-47
    Number of pages9
    JournalClinical Endoscopy
    Volume48
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jan 1

    Keywords

    • Data collection
    • Endoscopy
    • Reprocessing

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Medicine (miscellaneous)
    • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
    • Gastroenterology

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