Microbiology: The Basics of Bacteria

The importance of a correct endoscope reprocessing is widely known. After an endoscopic procedure, microorganisms can remain on an endoscope. Therefore, understanding microbiology basics is essential to appreciate the importance of each reprocessing step for patient safety and the prevention of cross contamination in endoscopy. Basic knowledge about bacteria is essential to take the right actions, e.g., the immediate start of reprocessing after the end of the procedure.

Learn more about the definition of bacteria, the difference between "commensal" versus "harmful" and how to minimize infection risks in endoscopy.