Endoscopy

Author(s):
Michelle Day, MSN, BSN, RN, CGRN Team Leader Comprehensive Liver Center

Hartford Hospital 
Hartford, CT

Published:
November 1, 2016
Declarations of Conflicts of Interest:
  • Michelle Day is Director of Regional Societies for Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates.

Abstract

Flexible endoscopy has become an invaluable diagnostic and therapeutic tool. As with all diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, there are always risks of complications, including infections. To minimize the risk of infection, healthcare personnel must ensure that equipment is designed and maintained properly and that guidelines for reprocessing are strictly followed.