Access Now: AORN COVID-19 Clinical Support

Archive December 2019 XX, No. 12

3 Essential Steps in Endoscope Care

Manual cleaning, internal channel inspection and proper drying are necessary to ensure that high-level disinfection occurs.

Daniel Cook

Daniel Cook, Editor-in-Chief

BIO

LEADING ROLE
Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR
LEADING ROLE Reprocessing techs need to work in a supportive environment and be given a reasonable amount of time to properly turn around scopes.

The long, narrow lumens of flexible endoscopes can make reprocessing the delicate instruments feel like an exercise in futility. But despite the inherent challenges associated with achieving high-level disinfection, there’s been no recent revelations about proper endoscope reprocessing.

“The whole process is still highly reliant on completing the manual steps thoroughly, and completing them in order,” says Bret T. Petersen, MD, a gastroenterologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. “The steps are prone to error and lapses — depending on the facility, staff training, work environment and availability of appropriate resources to accomplish them.”

Use the following advice to give your reprocessing techs the support they need to ensure endoscopes are properly cared for between uses and returned to procedure rooms free of the bioburden that increases cross-contamination risks.

New to Outpatient Surgery Magazine?
Sign-up to continue reading this article.
Register Now
Have an account? Please log in:
Email Address:
  Remember my login on this computer

advertiser banner

Other Articles That May Interest You

How to Keep Your Endoscope Channels Dry

Tips for preventing residual moisture from collecting after reprocessing.

Make the Right Choice for Safe Sedation

It's best to base the consciousness level on the patient and the procedure.

Hang Time

How long can endoscopes remain in storage before you should reprocess them again?