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SARS-CoV-2 transmission via endoscopy in the COVID-19 era
  1. Theodor Alexandru Voiosu1,2,
  2. Claudia Irina Puscasu1,
  3. Andrei Voiosu1,2
  1. 1 Gastroenterology, Colentina Clinical Hospital, Bucharest, Romania
  2. 2 Internal Medicine, Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, Romania
  1. Correspondence to Dr Claudia Irina Puscasu, Gastroenterology, Spitalul Clinic Colentina, Bucuresti 020125, Romania; puscasu_ic{at}

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We have read with interest the latest paper by Boškoski et al 1 on the virological status of reprocessed endoscopes used for critically ill patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Proper reprocessing of endoscopes and accessories is essential to patient safety. Although existing data suggest that the risk of viral transmission via endoscopic equipment is extremely low (with virtually no reported cases of hepatitis B and C or HIV transmission following current disinfection guidelines2), the present COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on quality control as a guarantor of patient and healthcare worker safety.

Boškoski et al report no evidence of viral contamination of endoscopes in critically ill …

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  • Contributors TAV conceptualised the article. TAV, AV and CIP were equally involved in manuscript drafting, critical revision of the article for important intellectual content and final approval.

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