Jeong Bae Park 1 , Jae Nam Yang 1 , Yun Jeong Lim , 1 , Ja Seol Koo 2 , Jae Young Jang 3 , Sang Hoon Park 4 , Su Jin Hong 5 , Sang-Woo Kim 6 , Hoon Jai Chun 2 , Disinfection Management Committee of the Korean Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
31 January 2015
There is a growing emphasis on quality management in endoscope reprocessing. Previous surveys conducted in 2002 and 2004 were not practitioner-oriented. Therefore, this survey is significant for being the first to target actual participants in endoscope reprocessing in Korea.
This survey comprised 33 self-filled questions, and was personally delivered to nurses and nursing auxiliaries in the endoscopy departments of eight hospitals belonging to the society. The anonymous responses were collected after 1 week either by post or in person by committee members.
The survey included 100 participants. In the questionnaire addressing compliance rates with the reprocessing guideline, the majority (98.9%) had a high compliance rate compared to 27% of respondents in 2002 and 50% in 2004. The lowest rate of compliance with a reprocessing procedure was reported for transporting the contaminated endoscope in a sealed container. Automated endoscope reprocessors were available in all hospitals. Regarding reprocessing time, more than half of the subjects replied that reprocessing took more than 15 minutes (63.2%).