Endoscopy is a well recognised diagnostic and therapeutic tool. Standards must be followed at all times. A breach of protocol leading to transmission of infection has the potential to harm patients and/or endoscopy personnel.
This publication alerts health professionals to the importance of infection control in endoscopy. Circumstances in which an endoscopy-related infection might occur are discussed, as are measures to prevent infection, including endoscope reprocessing, antibiotic prophylaxis, and protection of endoscopy personnel.
Practitioners, endoscopists, endoscopy nurses and associates should use these guidelines as an aid in relation to disinfection and sterilisation practices and not as a complete or authoritative statement of such procedures.
This clinical update has been prepared by a combined committee of the Gastroenterological Nurses College of Australia (GENCA) and the Gastroenterological Society of Australia's Australian Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Association (AGEA).
Contributions were also made by representatives of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand and the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases. It was prepared under the chairmanship of Dr. Andrew Taylor.
Specific recommendations are based on relevant published information and will be updated periodically as new information becomes available.
Download the 2017 GESA Consensus Statement flyer: Endoscopy - Infection Control