Clinical Issues— March 2017


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Abstract

This Month:Using one flexible endoscope for an upper and lower gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy procedureKey words: flexible endoscope, esophagogastroduodenoscopy, colonoscopy, enteroscope, risk assessment.Enhanced methods for processing flexible duodenoscopesKey words: flexible duodenoscopes, liquid chemical sterilization, ethylene oxide sterilization, low-temperature sterilization, risk assessment.Modification of the Spaulding classificationKey words: Spaulding classification, critical items, semicritical items, mucous membranes, risk assessment.Flushing flexible endoscope lumens with alcoholKey words: flexible endoscopes, isopropyl alcohol, ethyl alcohol, fixative, risk assessment.Using chlorine dioxide wipes for nonchanneled flexible endoscopesKey words: nonchanneled flexible endoscopes, high-level disinfectant, chlorine dioxide, risk assessment.

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