Endowashers: an overlooked risk for possible post-endoscopic infections

Nils-Olaf Hübner, Ojan Assadian, Rosmarie Poldrack, Oliver Duty, Heinrich Schwarzer, Hiltraud Möller, Paul Kober, Malte Räther, Lutz Werner Schröder, Jeanette Sinha, Markus M. Lerch & Axel Kramer
Background: Prevention of post-endoscopy infections is an important objective to assure patient safety. Endowashers, or high throughput irrigation water pumps, are a frequently used device on endoscopes. Recommendations published by professional bodies and regulatory health agencies cover not only adequate reprocessing of fiber-endoscopes but also state accepted methods of regular microbial sampling. Although major instruments like endoscopes are covered by these recommendations, other devices used as optional add-ons for endoscopes are not included. Objective: The...