Dirty Scopes: What You Need to Know About the New Reprocessing Guidelines and Infection Risk
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The FDA has recently issued several safety communications relating to the techniques utilized for reprocessing scopes for pulmonary and GI procedures. This year, the FDA specifically identified bronchoscopes as presenting a high risk of infection if not adequately reprocessed. A meticulous reprocessing procedure is required on all scopes for safety purposes. An experienced panel of speakers will discuss the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses’ (AORN) brand new guidelines for reprocessing; provide risk management recommendations for re-processing, correct storage, pre-cleaning at the point of use, and high level disinfection or sterilization; and will suggest tips for analyzing chart documentation for litigation purposes to determine whether the proper precautions were taken.
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*Sharon K. McQuown, RN, MSN, LNCC: a Litigation Nurse Investigator from Texas
*Sharon A. Van Wicklin, MSN, RN, CNOR, CRNFA(E), CPSN-R, PLNC: a Senior Perioperative Practice Specialist from AORN who was the lead author of the AORN Guideline for Processing Flexible Endoscopes will address the new guidelines
*Jonathan D. Stewart, JD, MS, RN, CPHRM: an attorney and health care risk manager from Washington will discuss human and design factors that contribute to inadequate scope re-processing, and the resultant clinical and organizational risks
*M. Joanne Walker, RN, BSEd: a Legal Nurse Consultant from California will provide tips on examining the medical chart for breaches in the standard of care
The American Bar Association’s (ABA) Health Law Section (Nursing and Allied Healthcare Professionals Task Force) and the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC), with cooperation by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses’ (AORN) and the American Association of Nurse Attorneys (TAANA)