PLYMOUTH MEETING, PA—Endoscopes, vital tools in healthcare diagnostics and treatment, have been getting a lot of attention in recent months. By now, the media has covered countless stories about patient deaths related to duodenoscopes harboring carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), otherwise known as, Superbug. In the wake of these events, ECRI Institute is hearing increased concerns by hospitals regarding the proper tracking of their entire stock of endoscopes to ensure patient safety.

Some hospitals track endoscopes by etching or labeling the scopes with a unique control number which is stored in a centralized tracking system. Others apply durable machine-readable labels or purchase endoscopes with integral RFID chips which can then be tracked with an automated endoscope reprocessor containing a chip reader. With a variety of choices available, hospitals around the nation are seeking guidance on which option is best for them.

“Tracking Scopes: Best Practices for Identifying Endoscopes during Cleaning and Patient Use,” to be held on Wednesday, September 30, 2015, from 1:00 to 2:00p.m. (ET), will provide best practices for tracking endoscopes and will feature speakers from ECRI Institute and from hospitals that have had success in endoscope tracking.

This webinar is designed to help participants:

  • Discuss the various ways to track endoscope use down to the patient level
  • Identify successes from hospitals and review their methods

The interactive format of ECRI Institute’s webinar will provide time for participants to communicate with the panel during the Q&A session. This webinar is directed towards risk managers, clinical and biomedical engineers, material managers, OR managers, OR technicians, scope reprocessing staff, and other healthcare professionals. More CRE related resources can be found on ECRI Institute’s free resource site.

Members of ECRI Institute’s Health Devices System™, Health Devices Gold™, SELECTplus™, PSO, Healthcare Risk Control™, and Health Technology Assessment™ programs will receive access to this webinar at no cost as part of their membership with advance registration.

To learn more, visit the website or contact ECRI Institute by telephone at (610) 825-6000, ext. 5889; by e-mail at; by fax at (610) 834-0240; or by mail at 5200 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462-1298, USA. ECRI Institute also offers free resources in our free eNewsletters.


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About ECRI Institute
ECRI Institute (, a nonprofit organization, dedicates itself to bringing the discipline of applied scientific research to healthcare to discover which medical procedures, devices, drugs, and processes enable improved patient care. As pioneers in this science for nearly 50 years, ECRI Institute marries experience and independence with the objectivity of evidence-based research. Strict conflict-of-interest guidelines ensure objectivity. ECRI Institute is designated an Evidence-based Practice Center by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. ECRI Institute PSO is listed as a federally certified Patient Safety Organization by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Find ECRI Institute on Facebook ( and on Twitter (

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