http://www.sgna.org/Portals/0/Water%20Bottle%20Reprocessing%20revised.pdfCHICAGO―The Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates, Inc. (SGNA) today released guidelines called the "Statement on Reprocessing of Endoscopic Accessories and Valves." This resource will help GI/endoscopy professionals properly reprocess endoscopic accessories and valves, which is essential to safely treating patients.
The SGNA position outlined in the document includes requiring sterilization of accessories classified as critical medical devices, and reprocessing reusable accessories, valves and tubings according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
The document was written and prepared by the SGNA Practice Committee, which develops practice-related strategies that assist in fulfilling SGNA’s mission and goals. The committee also ensures that practice-related products and services are current and meet industry needs. Before they reach the public, SGNA practice guidelines undergo a rigorous process of editing and board vetting.
To read the Statement on Reprocessing of Endoscopic Accessories and Valves in full, click here.
SGNA today also released guidelines regarding reprocessing of water bottles used during endoscopy. The document is aptly named, the "Statement on Reprocessing of Water Bottles Used During Endoscopy."
According to SGNA, limited data is available that supports a definitive guideline on the proper cleaning and reprocessing of water bottles used during endoscopy. This new statement outlines SGNA’s stance regarding safe water bottle reprocessing to help those in the GI/endoscopy field provide safe patient care.
In the document, the first element specifies how the water bottle should be cleaned, and the second addresses water used during procedures.
To read the Statement on Reprocessing of Water Bottles Used During Endoscopy, click here.