Updated Guidelines: Decontamination of Equipment for GI Endoscopy
Thursday, 16 May 2013 15:35
In 2012 the Department of Health published the Choice Framework for local Policy and Procedures CFPP 01-06, a technical document that replaces HTM 2030. The vCJD risk reassessment is discussed in this. It is no longer necessary to quarantine endoscopes following procedures in most patients at risk of vCJD (including blood product recipients) provided that national recommendations on decontamination practice are scrupulously adhered to. This update was released by BSG in February 2013. In this there are links to related documents including the CFPP.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) have also recently updated their poster on Top Ten Tips for endoscope decontamination. This should be prominently displayed in all endoscope decontamination areas.