The Solution to Safer Endoscopy
Our mission at Citizens for Safe Endoscopy is very simple. We believe that 270,000 Americans are being needlessly infected by non-sterile flexible endoscopes. Our mission is to educate patients that flexible endoscopes are disinfected as opposed to sterilized. Disinfection kills almost all microbial life, but not all. Infections such as Hepatitis, Tuberculosis, HIV, Human Papilloma Virus, and KJD (Mad Cow Disease), can live through the current reprocessing standard of disinfection. Flexible endoscopes have many grooves, nooks, and hard to reach edges that are impossible to clean. When scopes are serviced and taken apart, debris frequently discovered in these allegedly disinfected endoscopes are fecal matter, blood, and mucous. There is no reason why healthy patients are getting sick during colonoscopies, sigmoidoscopies, bronchoscopies, and other endoscopic procedures, when technology exists today to give every patient a sterile and safe endoscopy.
We need to change the standard of care to sterilization and we need a patient bill of rights where every patient is informed about the reprocessing standards of an endoscopy as well as other procedures.
Citizens for Safe Endoscopy is dedicated to preventing all future cases of cross-contamination due to endoscopic procedures. We believe that we can prevent 270,000 healthy patients from getting sick by
- Informing the public of this health epidemic and patients who may not even know that they have contracted a disease from cross-contamination
- Enlist as many people as possible to join our cause to fight for and protect the 15,000,000 people every year who have an endoscopic procedure and to make sure that these endoscopies are safe and sterile.
- Building a coalition of victims, concerned citizens and health professionals to fight against the needless amount of cross-contamination.
- Lobbying for legislation all across the country to change the standard of care in the reprocessing of endoscopes from disinfection to sterilization.
- Prevent this archaic practice and push the medical profession to use the new technology out there to achieve complete sterilization.
- Convince the hospitals, doctors, and other medical facilities to explore all new technologies to achieve standard, including, but not limited to, protective single-use barrier devices.