Guidelines for standardizing cleansing and disinfection of gastrointestinal endoscopes

Ryuichi Iwakiri, Kiyohito Tanaka, Takuji Gotoda, Shiro Oka, Takao Ohtsuka, Yasuhisa Sakata, Toshimi Chiba, Kazuhide Higuchi, Hironori Masuyama, Ryoichi Nozaki, Koji Matsuda, Nobuyuki Shimono, Kazuma Fujimoto, Hisao Tajiri

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As part of the activities toward standardizing endoscopy procedures, the Japan Gastroenterological Endoscopy Society has prepared guidelines for cleansing and disinfection of gastrointestinal endoscopes. The environment of gastrointestinal endoscopy differs between Japan and advanced Western countries. In advanced Western countries, gastrointestinal endoscopy is performed almost exclusively at specialized facilities, where strict provisions are observed for cleansing and disinfecting endoscopes. In Japan, however, gastrointestinal endoscopy is performed even in small clinics, and the annual number of gastrointestinal endoscopy cases is enormous. In addition, the method for cleansing and disinfecting endoscopes differs among hospitals. Although there is a distinct lack of evidence for how gastrointestinal endoscopes are cleaned and disinfected, it is necessary to standardize the method for doing so to advance the field of endoscopic medicine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)477-497
Number of pages21
JournalDigestive Endoscopy
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sept 1 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Gastroenterology


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