Surgical management remains the primary way to treat acutely ill patients, but endoscopic tools and techniques have been adapted for use in diagnosing and managing biliary, pancreatic and luminal trauma.
The risk of infection from inadequate endoscope reprocessing is relatively low, but there is a risk nonetheless – which has sparked much discussion around
endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography and patient safety. Dr. Mark
Gromski says research needs to drive future attention to cross-contamination.