The first congress organized by Humanitas University, entitled “Prevention and control of infections in digestive endoscopy“, was held at the end of November. It was directed by Prof. Alessandro Repici, Head of Digestive Endoscopy at Humanitas and Dr. Michele Lagioia, Head of the Medical and Health Directorate at Humanitas.

The objective of the event

The training event dedicated to the theme of the prevention of infections in digestive endoscopy with particular regard to the activities of reprocessing and handling of endoscopic instruments, aims to raise awareness among all health professionals involved: nurses, doctors and health directors and transmit this message to other hospitals. Endoscopic procedures are central to every healthcare facility in terms of clinical impact, volumes of activity, commitment of resources and facilities, technological innovation and also in terms of clinical risk.
Hence the attention that this training project reserves to the theme to solicit the constant activity of surveillance and verification, “The prevention of hospital infections – tells us Elena Rossetti, Nursing Coordinator of Digestive Endoscopy – is also very important in endoscopy. In addition to all the general preventive actions that every healthcare professional must take every day to avoid the spread of infections, such as attention to hand washing, staff training and a series of other specific technical activities, with this event we wanted to focus attention on the entire path of treatment of the endoscopic instrument, from washing to high disinfection, to the proper storage and finally to respect the proper maintenance. Last year Humanitas invested in our washing room, renovating the premises and equipment in order to offer the patient a safer treatment. In order to carry on this important topic, with Prof. Repici and Dr. Lagioia, we decided to start the course to involve all the actors of this process.
The topics covered were very broad: from the impact of infections to risk management, from the technical report UNI/TR 11662 to the European guidelines ESGE to microbiological monitoring, up to the technological innovation in the fight against hospital infections.
In closing, an interactive session with live connection from the new premises for the treatment of endoscopes of the Humanitas Endoscopy Service”.