guidelines are intended to provide comprehensive information and direction for health care personnel in the processing of flexible and semi-rigid endoscopes and their accessories.
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Comprehensive guide to flexible and semi-rigid endoscope processing in health care facilities
The standard, titled ANSI/AAMI ST91:2015, comprehensive guide to flexible and semi-rigid endoscope processing in health care facilities, comes at a time of heightened public concern about the cleanliness and decontamination of these devices. Infections caused by carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) have been reported in North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Seattle. These infections have been linked to a complex type of endoscope.
"The publication of this standard is timely, given the clinical focus on flexible endoscopes as a source of cross-contamination, infection outbreak, and other patient complications such as toxicity," said Gerry McDonnell, vice president of STERIS Corporation. "ST91 focuses on the same aspects as ST58, but with a particular focus on flexible endoscopes, which have some unique criteria." He added that ST91 builds on guidance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
"I believe ST91 will be one of those 'must have' documents for hospitals," said Sue Klacik, the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management representative on AAMI committees dealing with sterilization standards. She added that those who worked on the document represented a great cross-section of disciplines, including regulators, users, and manufacturers. "It provides a 360-degree view, providing information that readers might not have even thought about," she added.
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