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Forum Name: Gastroenterology Topics

Question: colonoscopy & staph

 susieQ1 - Thu Oct 25, 2007 5:19 pm

Is there a chance of getting staph inf from having a colonosopy? Since they use the same tubing on everyone, how do they sterilize it? Thanks.
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Thu Oct 25, 2007 5:29 pm

User avatar Hi SusieQ1,

It is unlikely that you would get a staph infection from a colonoscopy. Staph is more of a skin bug and is rarely found in the GI tract.

Regarding the sterilization of the equipment, every part of the camera and equipment used that comes in contact with a patient is sterilized by washing as well as usually a high temperature treatment to kill any bacteria that may be present. The risk of getting an infection from the equipment is virtually zero.

Best wishes.

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