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Education, training, and knowledge of infection control among endoscopy technicians and nurses

Published:January 21, 2021DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2021.01.010

      Highlights

      • Many technicians began reprocessing endoscopes independently within 1 month.
      • Personnel were confident in their reprocessing abilities despite poor test scores.
      • A minority of respondents had been formally certified to reprocess endoscopes.
      • Technicians tended to be less familiar with issues of infection control than nurses.
      • Nurses tended to be less familiar with the nuances of reprocessing than technicians.

      Abstract

      Our survey of 88 endoscopy technicians and nurses to determine their experience, training, and knowledge of infection control found that few personnel (<15%) received formal training in endoscope reprocessing or infection prevention before or after joining an endoscopy unit. While self-reported confidence in endoscope reprocessing was high (9 out of 10), knowledge of best practices in this regard lagged (average assessment score of 62%).

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