A new multisociety guideline published in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy has updated information on critical reprocessing steps for certain endoscope models, including those with movable elevators at the distal tips such as duodenoscopes and linear U.S. endoscopes. Based on 2011 guidelines, the update offers expanded details and more information on issues for which incomplete data exists to guide practice. Health care providers are encouraged to visit www.giejournal.org to obtain the article, available in 2017 volume 85, issue 2. In light of the updated guidelines, providers should review their current endoscopic reprocessing policies.
You’ve received a licensing violation. You may have been expecting it from a recent survey, or it may have come as a complete surprise. One thing is for certain, survey activity — and subsequent violations — will be more common now that California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued new regulations for hospital penalties, including non-immediate jeopardy violations.