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OSHA blog: Fight dirty GI scopes in your facility

Hospital Safety Insider, March 19, 2015

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If you’ve been paying attention to the news you know that the perennial battle of the benefits of using diagnostic GI scopes versus the struggle to keep them properly disinfected is back again.

While the benefits of using the diagnostic instruments to peer deep into the digestive tracts of a patient is not in debate, the cost of technological advances in the scopes, some of which are being designed with high resolution cameras and surgical tools on the end, is that they are more difficult to keep clean.

And in an industry where disposable, single-use instruments is becoming the norm, there’s not much chance of a $40,000-diagnostic scope becoming a disposable tool in the near future, so education and awareness is the key to winning the battle against these killer bugs, say safety experts.

Read all of the latest OSHA blogs at OSHA Healthcare Advisor.

 

 



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