AAMI Publishes New Endoscope Reprocessing Standard

The reprocessing of endoscopes has been much in the news recently with the problems of cross contamination and sickening of patients treated with duodenoscopes, with some fatalities in several hospitals, including several articles in this blog.

AAMI, the Association for Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, has just published ANSI/AAMI ST91, Flexible and semi-rigid endoscope processing in health care facilities, which is available from AAMI.

The abstract reads:

Provides guidelines for precleaning, leak-testing, cleaning, packaging (where indicated), storage, high-level disinfecting, and/or sterilizing of flexible gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopes, flexible bronchoscopes, surgical flexible endoscopes (e.g., flexible ureteroscopes), and semi-rigid operative endoscopes (e.g., choledochoscopes) in health care facilities. These guidelines are intended to provide comprehensive information and direction for health care personnel in the processing of these devices and accessories.

This standard presents valuable and timely guidance on the proper methods for cleaning and disinfecting endoscopes and will be a valuable resource for those responsible for reprocessing endoscopes.