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Multisociety guideline on reprocessing flexible gastrointestinal endoscopes: 2011

      To this end, in 2003, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America collaborated with multiple physician and nursing organizations, infection prevention and control organizations, federal and state agencies, and industry leaders to develop evidence-based guidelines for reprocessing GI endoscopes.
      • Nelson D.B.
      • Jarvis W.R.
      • Rutala W.A.
      • et al.
      Multi-society guideline for reprocessing flexible gastrointestinal endoscopes.
      • Nelson D.B.
      • Jarvis W.R.
      • Rutala W.A.
      • et al.
      Multi-society guideline for reprocessing flexible gastrointestinal endoscopes.
      Since that time, high-level disinfectants, automated reprocessing machines, endoscopes and endoscopic accessories have all evolved.
      • Desilets D.
      • Kaul V.
      • Tierney W.M.
      • et al.
      ASGE Technology Committee
      Automated endoscope reprocessors.
      • Croffie J.
      • Carpenter S.
      • Chuttani R.
      ASGE Technology Committee
      ASGE technology status evaluation report: disposable endoscopic accessories.
      • Petersen B.T.
      Gaining perspective on reprocessing of GI endoscopes.
      • Nelson D.B.
      Recent advances in epidemiology and prevention of gastrointestinal endoscopy related infections.
      However, the efficacy of decontamination and high-level disinfection is unchanged and the principles guiding both remain valid.
      • Rutala W.A.
      • Weber D.J.
      Disinfection and sterilization in health care facilities: what clinicians need to know.

      Abbreviations:

      AER (automated endoscope reprocessor), AORN (Association of periOperative Registered Nurses), CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration), SGNA (Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates)
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