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“If you don’t have a standardized process across the board and if you don’t review it on a regular basis, then you can find that problems slip through,” said Dr. David Armstrong, the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology’s lead for its quality committee. Hotel-Dieu de Levis hospital , located east of Quebec City, is currently in the process of notifying about 1,000 patients who underwent endoscopic ultrasound exams since mid-2005. They are being askedto come in for testing for HIV and hepatitis B and C, which could’ve been transmitted from the improperly cleaned machine. Rate my hospital: CBC investigates hospital service in Canada The endoscopic ultrasound procedure involves a thin, flexible endoscope mounted with a camera,which isinserted through the mouth to examine a patient’s digestive system using sound waves. Each endoscope requires a complex and specific multi-stagecleaning processdictated not only by provincial and federal guidelines, but also by the manufacturer. The hospital says in this case, it wasn’t following the manufacturer’s specific guidelines for this specialized endoscope. “Endoscopes are particularly complex and difficult to clean because they’ve got very long, very narrow channels,” said infection prevention and control expert Dr. Mary Vearncombe. “It’s very difficult to make sure that those channels are flushed and disinfected properly in between uses, just because their diameter is so very narrow.” Dr. Armstong said the late discovery highlights a need to regularly review whether the team in charge of cleaning endoscopesis doing it properly. Common procedure He says the issue is analogous to the deadly E. coli contamination of the water supply in Walkerton, Ont. in 2000.
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OAKVILLE, ON, Oct. 16, 2012 /CNW/ – Two out of three Canadians suffer from at least one digestive disorder this year and yet up to 42% of digestive disease is preventable. To help decrease the suffering of those affected by digestive disease, the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation is presenting its third national Digestive Health Summit for Health Care Professionals in Toronto this Wednesday, October 17th beginning at 1:00 p.m. at the Design Exchange. This year’s theme is, Nutrition today – what’s on your plate? The summit, presented in partnership with Danone, brings nurses, pharmacists, and dieticians to an interactive learning environment. Experts from across the country will examine the role of nutrition in the prevention of digestive disease and maintenance of digestive health. A panel discussion on the Responsibilities of Companies that Manufacture and Sell Food and the Role of Health Care Providers as Patient Advisors will round out the afternoon. “The growing impact digestive diseases have on Canadians, our economy, and health care system is enormous,” says Foundation president, Dr. Richard Fedorak. “It is time to acknowledge the situation and take action. The foundation’s Digestive Health Summit for Health Care Professionals is one more step along our path to meeting the pressing need to establish digestive health as a national priority.” Canada has one of the highest prevalence and incidence rates of digestive disorders in the world. Each year, approximately 20 million Canadians are affected and we incur over $18 billion in health care costs and lost productivity. The CDHF Summit inspires and helps further educate health care professionals so they can provide better care to their clients and thereby proactively prevent digestive disease while improving the digestive health of Canadians, reduce the rates of digestive disease, and reduce related costs. The CDHF Health Care Professional Summit will be followed at 7:00 p.m. with a Public Education Health Forum. Gastroenterologists will educate attendees on celiac disease, acid reflux, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD – Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis), constipation and more. Attendees will be encouraged to pose questions to the presenters. About the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation (CDHF) Over 20 million Canadians suffer from digestive disorders every year. The CDHF believes this is unnecessary and unacceptable. We reduce suffering and improve quality of life through awareness, education and research. As the Foundation of the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology, we work directly with leading physicians, scientists, and other health care professionals to deliver trusted, unbiased information to the public and empower Canadians to take control of their digestive health with confidence and optimism. PDF available at: http://stream1.newswire.ca/media/2012/10/16/20121016_C7485_DOC_EN_19445.pdf