ST. LOUIS, May 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Preliminary results from the first-of-its-kind Clinical Evaluation and Assessment of Endoscope Reprocessing (CLEANR) study was released today at the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates, Inc. (SGNA) 36th Annual Conference in St. Louis, MO. The study indicated that while there are written endoscope reprocessing guidelines in place at the sites who participated in the study, significant variation in manual reprocessing takes place, leading to challenges with achieving consistent gastrointestinal (GI) endoscope reprocessing practices. The observational study was led by Cori L. Ofstead, MSPH, of Ofstead & Associates, Inc., a healthcare research firm, and sponsored by Advanced Sterilization Products (ASP). Other key employee-related findings included:
According to Cori L. Ofstead, MSPH, lead researcher, "This study shows that institutions have adopted written GI endoscope reprocessing guidelines, yet there are clearly suboptimal practices and wide variations in adherence within and between institutions. Our findings indicate the majority of employees experience occupational health problems attributed to reprocessing, and many of them dislike tasks associated with manual cleaning. We found that automation improves consistency and employee satisfaction. In accordance with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, every facility should reexamine its practices, and seek ways to improve occupational health and reduce infection risks for patients."
Background on Study and Additional Findings
The CLEANR Study was conducted from October 2008 through April 2009 at six U.S. sites (only five provided data in the required timeframe) including two gastroenterology centers, three multi-specialty hospitals, and one outpatient surgery center. Participating sites used a variety of reprocessing methodologies ranging from manual cleaning with brushes to automated channel irrigators and other automated systems including the ASP EVOTECH(TM) Endoscope Cleaner and Reprocessor. The EVOTECH(TM) System is the first commercially available system in the U.S. that both cleans and high-level disinfects endoscopes. It does not eliminate bedside precleaning in procedure room and no manual cleaning is required when selecting a cycle that has a wash stage.
Managers were interviewed and individuals tasked with the responsibility of cleaning endoscopes after a GI procedure were surveyed and their actions documented by an observer. Managers at every site stated that written reprocessing policies were in place. Study results indicated that GI endoscope reprocessing time varied by the individual, and its variability resulted in:
"ASP realizes that ensuring proper GI endoscope reprocessing is a complex and challenging task, and not all facilities have these issues," said Barbara Trattler, Director, Clinical Education at ASP. "ASP will continue to partner with our customers and industry to increase awareness of best practices in reprocessing. We are also dedicated to developing new technology solutions such as the EVOTECH(TM) Endoscope Cleaner and Reprocessor - the first commercially available system to eliminate the labor-intensive manual cleaning of endoscopes - to help improve compliance and increase employee satisfaction."
About Ofstead & Associates, Inc.
Ofstead & Associates is an independent research organization that gathers, analyzes, interprets, and summarizes evidence-based scientific and clinical information for clinicians and healthcare industry executives. Since 1996, Ofstead has focused exclusively on providing customized research services for clients in the medical field. Ofstead is committed to fostering excellence in healthcare by combining tailored research services and medical insights with practical approaches for developing high-quality output.
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