Infection Prevention

ESGE and ESGENA position statement on gastrointestinal endoscopy and the COVID-19 pandemic

The outbreak of COVID-19 disease due to the SARS-CoV-2 virus has recently spread from its original cluster in Hubei province, China throughout the world, and has been declared to be a pandemic by the World Health Organization. Europe is severely affected with an exponential increase of number of COVID-19 cases and deaths. The European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE) and ...

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FDA clears GI Scientific’s ScopeSeal single-use disposable endoscopic shield

GI Scientific, LLC, a developer of transformative innovations for gastrointestinal disease, announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared its ScopeSeal Duodenoscope Protective Device, an endoscopic shield for protecting the distal end of a duodenoscope from contamination during ERCP procedures. ScopeSeal  is a single-use disposable infection control device that preserves duodenoscope optics and other key functionality while sealing the ...

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Study reveals how mucus tames microbes

More than 200 square meters of our bodies — including the digestive tract, lungs, and urinary tract — are lined with mucus. In recent years, scientists have found some evidence that mucus is not just a physical barrier that traps bacteria and viruses, but it can also disarm pathogens and prevent them from causing infections. A new study from MIT ...

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STERILUCENT, INC. ANNOUNCES CLEARANCE TO MARKET NEW LOW-TEMPERATURE STERILIZATION SYSTEM

New sterilizer’s unique features address longstanding process challenges Sterilucent, Inc. (Minneapolis, MN), announces that the company has received regulatory clearance to market the Sterilucent™ HC 80TT Vaporized Hydrogen Peroxide Sterilizer with Cycle Guardian™ technology in the United States. Cycle Guardian technology includes: Advanced and continuous critical parameter monitoring capability, which enables advanced dynamic sterilant delivery, confirms that the minimum required concentration of the ...

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A reservoir of bacteria: Sink drains next to toilets in patient rooms may harbor dangerous organisms

Sinks situated next to patient toilets in hospital rooms may be reservoirs for Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase (KPC), increasing the risk of dangerous germ transmission, according to new research published in the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC), the journal of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.  The study found a high prevalence of KPC positivity in sink drains located next to toilets. Of ...

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