How safe is gastrointestinal endoscopy?

The dissemination and implementation of the guidelines for endoscope reprocessing (cleaning and disinfecting) have resulted in a remarkable safety record for endoscopy. Based on medical literature, the Technology Committee of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) estimates that the chance that a serious infection could be transmitted by endoscopy is only about 1 in 1.8 million.

Given the multiple benefits of endoscopy, it is no wonder that the number of procedures performed grows each year and that endoscopy is a mainstay of digestive disease treatment plans and health maintenance strategies.
Endoscope manufacturers are continually improving the design of endoscopes to ensure patient safety.

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