Bronchoscopes found to be contaminated despite cleaning and disinfection
Originally published on Infections Control Today
As you may recall several years ago, a significant number of infections associated with contaminated bronchoscopes in a short time prompted the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue a Safety Communication about microbial transmission and infection associated with bronchoscopes. The agency urged the strict adherence to sterile processing guidelines and pointed out that inadequate cleaning may result in the failure of high-level disinfection (HLD) or sterilization. The FDA also recommended that bronchoscopes with signs of damage be repaired or replaced, a recommendation from the American College of Chest Physicians and American Association for Bronchology to visually inspect bronchoscopes during reprocessing.