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We have curated a list of additional free resources from external sources you may find helpful and timely. Most links will jump to external sites.

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Ofstead & Associates, Inc. and Advanced Sterilization Products (ASP)

Endoscope reprocessing in real-world settings with Cori L. Ofstead and William Rutala. Watch a conversation about hot topics in endoscope reprocessing between globally recognized infection control experts Cori Ofstead and William Rutala, moderated by ASP Director of Worldwide Marketing, Casey Carroll.

Endoscope reprocessing in real-world settings, Part II: Your questions answered, with Cori L. Ofstead. In a follow-up to the above conversation on evidence-based factors that impact endoscope reprocessing, Cori Ofstead answers questions from the audience about guidelines, high-level disinfection, quality assurance steps, and future directions in a fireside chat with host, Casey Carroll.

Ofstead & Associates, Inc. and Boston Scientific Urology

A real-world view of ureteroscope reprocessing effectiveness and what has happened since the FDA letter to healthcare providers in April 2021 with Cori L. Ofstead. In today’s challenging surgical reprocessing environment, CS departments have questions and concerns. Join Cori L. Ofstead and Lane Jacobs from BSC for a discussion hosted by OR Manager on real-world challenges with ureteroscope reprocessing and clinical implications of damaged and dirty ureteroscopes. She discusses recent findings on ureteroscope reprocessing effectiveness and provides solutions to improve reprocessing outcomes.

Infection prevention for urology departments in the COVID-19 era with Cori L. Ofstead. Watch the replay of this highly informative webinar featuring an interview with Cori L. Ofstead, MSPH, an internationally recognized epidemiologist who has conducted several studies on endoscope reprocessing and infection control in urology, gastroenterology, and pulmonary medicine. She provided her insights on unique infection prevention challenges faced by urology departments, including risks associated with COVID-19 and periprocedural antimicrobial prophylaxis. She also offered strategies for strengthening practices and protecting patients, personnel, and the community at large.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Essential Elements of a reprocessing program for flexible endoscopes. Recommendations of the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC).

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World Health Organization (WHO)

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Pandemic. A comprehensive resource.

WHO Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Health Care. (PDF)

Tools and resources for hand hygiene in healthcare settings, including free Safety Starter Kit downloadable resources.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public, including comprehensive set of free, downloadable public health posters.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Includes instructions of properly donning and doffing PPE as well as posters and fact sheets for download (PDF).

Strategies to Optimize the Supply of PPE and Equipment.. A comprehensive resource.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Hand hygiene in healthcare settings.

Handwashing in community settings.

Hand hygiene health promotion materials, including comprehensive set of free, downloadable buttons, badges, fact sheets, posters, stickers, and more.