Understanding and Preventing Duodenoscope Contamination

Dr. John Williams | appendix functionDeepak Gopal, MD, professor (CHS), Gastroenterology and Hepatology, has been awarded $81,000 over one year from the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) for a proposal entitled, “Optimizing recovery of pathogenic organisms from duodenoscopes.” Nasia Safdar, MD, PhD, associate professor, Infectious Disease and associate chief of staff for research, William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, will also be co-leading the project. The research will involve a prospective comparative study to evaluate different collection protocols and microbiologic culture protocols aimed to establish the prevalence and type(s) of contamination in duodenoscopes, and to provide insight into the best methods for detection of bacteria on the scopes.