Joint Commission Endoscope Tracking Requirement Poses Challenge

Some biomedical departments have expressed concern over The Joint Commission's new requirements that rigid endoscopes be included in medical equipment inventory, according to an AAMI News report.

All Joint Commission-accredited healthcare facilities are required to maintain medical equipment inventory. Rigid endoscopes are typically under a lease agreement or repair exchange contract with the manufacturer, meaning when an endoscope needs repair, the damaged endoscope is replaced with a refurbished endoscope.

Biomedical departments find the tracking requirement a challenge because rigid endoscopes are frequently replaced. The requirement is much easier to meet for flexible endoscopes because they are easier to repair and do not require a replacement as often as rigid endoscopes.

Read the news report about medical equipment inventory.

Read other coverage about The Joint Commission:

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- The Joint Commission Names New Chief Medical Officer

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