Endoscopy 2018; 50(12): 1205-1234
DOI: 10.1055/a-0759-1629
Position Statement
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Reprocessing of flexible endoscopes and endoscopic accessories used in gastrointestinal endoscopy: Position Statement of the European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE) and European Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates (ESGENA) – Update 2018

Ulrike Beilenhoff
 1  ESGENA Scientific Secretary, Ulm, Germany
,
Holger Biering
 2  Grevenbroich, Germany
,
Reinhard Blum
 3  Olympus Europa, Hamburg, Germany
,
Jadranka Brljak
 4  University Hospital KBC-Zagreb-Rebro, Zagreb, Croatia
,
Monica Cimbro
 5  Medical Devices Division, CBC Europe Srl, Nova Milanese (MB), Italy
,
Jean-Marc Dumonceau
 6  Gedyt Endoscopy Center, Buenos Aires, Argentina
,
Cesare Hassan
 7  Digestive Endoscopy Unit, Catholic University, Rome, Italy
,
Michael Jung
 8  2nd Department of Internal Medicine, Katholisches Klinikum, Mainz, Germany
,
Birgit Kampf
 3  Olympus Europa, Hamburg, Germany
,
Christiane Neumann
 9  ESGENA Past President, Birmingham, UK
,
Michael Pietsch
10  Department of Hygiene and Infection Prevention, Medical Center, University Hospital, Mainz, Germany
,
Lionel Pineau
11  Biotech Germande, Marseille, France
,
Thierry Ponchon
12  Digestive Diseases Department, Hôpital Edouard Herriot, Lyon, France
,
Stanislav Rejchrt
13  2nd Department of Internal Medicine, Charles University Teaching Hospital, Hradec Králové, Czech Republic
,
Jean-François Rey
14  Institut Arnault Tzanck, St. Laurent du Var, France
,
Verona Schmidt
15  Microbiology and Hygiene Department, Chemische Fabrik Dr. Weigert, Hamburg, Germany
,
Jayne Tillett
16  St. Woolos Hospital, Newport, UK
,
Jeanin E. van Hooft
17  Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Amsterdam University Medical Centers, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Publication History

Publication Date:
20 November 2018 (online)

Abstract

This Position Statement from the European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE) and the European Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates (ESGENA) sets standards for the reprocessing of flexible endoscopes and endoscopic devices used in gastroenterology. An expert working group of gastroenterologists, endoscopy nurses, chemists, microbiologists, and industry representatives provides updated recommendations on all aspects of reprocessing in order to maintain hygiene and infection control.