Clin Endosc.  2019 Sep;52(5):443-450. 10.5946/ce.2019.173.

Updates on the Disinfection and Infection Control Process of the Accredited Endoscopy Unit

  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Dankook University College of Medicine, Cheonan, Korea.
  • 2Department of Internal Medicine, Soonchunhyang University College of Medicine, Cheonan, Korea.
  • 3Department of Internal Medicine, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 4Department of Internal Medicine, Eulji University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 5Department of Internal Medicine, Kyung Hee University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 6Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Internal Medicine, Uijeongbu St. Mary's Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Uijeongbu, Korea.
  • 7Department of Internal Medicine, Yeungnam University College of Medicine, Daegu, Korea.


A thorough disinfection and infection control process associated with gastrointestinal endoscopy is highly important for the health and safety of the examinee and the medical staff involved in the procedure. Endoscopic reprocessing and disinfection are two of the most important steps in quality control of endoscopy. In 2019, the Korean Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy updated the Accreditation of Qualified Endoscopy Unit assessment items for these quality indicators. Assessment of disinfection and infection control comprises 28 mandatory items in the categories of disinfection education, pre-cleaning, cleaning, disinfection, rinsing, drying, reprocessing, storage, endoscopic accessories, water bottle and connectors, space/facilities, personal protective equipment, disinfection ledger, and regulations regarding infection control and disinfection. The updated Accreditation of Qualified Endoscopy Unit assessment items are useful for improving the quality of endoscopy by ensuring thorough inspection of endoscopic disinfection and infection control.


Disinfection; Education; Endoscopy; Infection control; Quality control

MeSH Terms

Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal
Infection Control*
Medical Staff
Personal Protective Equipment
Quality Control
Social Control, Formal

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