It has been recently reported that 35 patients from a Calgary hospital could have been exposed to HIV and/or Hepatitis due to endoscope reprocessing failures. Although the hospital has infection control protocols in place, small parts went missing from four washer/disinfectors. The risk to patients is fairly low, however it is concerning because the missing parts could have potentially impacted the cleaning and disinfection efficacy of the machines. In this case, a machine with self-monitoring capabilities may have prevented this situation by detecting an error that was overlooked in manual checks and inspections. By combining self-monitoring technology with manual checks, the risk of infection can be significantly reduced. To read the full news article on this story, click here.
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