March 26, 2015
The American Gastroenterological Association has issued additional practice recommendations for preventing infections associated with endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, or ERCP, duodenoscopes following a meeting of regulators, manufacturers and gastroenterologists, according to a press release.
“More than 500,000 ERCPs are performed each year throughout the U.S., saving the lives of hundreds of thousands of patients with very serious illnesses,” AGA President John I. Allen, MD, MBA, AGAF, said in the release. “The value of these procedures cannot be understated. AGA is committed to finding a path forward to remove the risk of device-transmitted infections and ensure safe patient care.”