An expert perspective of errors in endoscope reprocessing

Emily A. Hildebrand, Russell Branaghan, Brooke L. Neuman, Jonathan Jolly, T. B. Garland, Mistey Taggart, Dana Epstein, Judith Babcock-Parziale, Victoria Brown

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Abstract

Endoscope reprocessing has been identified as a complex procedure that, when completed incorrectly, can lead to patient outbreaks due to cross contamination. Most reported incidents cite human error as the cause, but little research to date has explored the human factors related issues surrounding reprocessing procedures. The purpose of this study was to interview experts in endoscope reprocessing to determine the most difficult steps and error prone tasks in the procedure as well as identify potential contributing factors to error. Relationships between tasks and contributing factors are examined and implications for future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 55th Annual Meeting, HFES 2011
Pages748-752
Number of pages5
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 28 2011
Event55th Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, HFES 2011 - Las Vegas, NV, United States
Duration: Sep 19 2011Sep 23 2011

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
ISSN (Print)1071-1813

Other

Other55th Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, HFES 2011
CountryUnited States
CityLas Vegas, NV
Period9/19/119/23/11

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics

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    Hildebrand, E. A., Branaghan, R., Neuman, B. L., Jolly, J., Garland, T. B., Taggart, M., Epstein, D., Babcock-Parziale, J., & Brown, V. (2011). An expert perspective of errors in endoscope reprocessing. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 55th Annual Meeting, HFES 2011 (pp. 748-752). (Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society). https://doi.org/10.1177/1071181311551155