According to an article in OR Today magazine, the Centers for Disease Control reported a number of disease outbreaks have been linked to improper cleaning and disinfection of endoscopes.
Gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopes are one of the most sensitive and expensive pieces of equipment in operating rooms, which makes proper handling, cleaning and storing important for nurses and surgical technicians.
Failure to properly clean endoscopic instruments can result in E-coli bacteria to be passed among patients, which can lead to serious infection outbreaks.
It’s also imperative to consider where endoscopes are being stored so they are not re-contaminated. They should not be stored anywhere close to where disinfection is taking place.
According to the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates (SGNA), every reported case of hospital acquired infection associated with a contaminated GI endoscope was associated to a violation of at least one of the several reprocessing steps.
However, endoscopes that are reprocessed appropriately in accordance with infection control guidelines pose no risk of bacterial and viral transmission.
Below are 8 steps for cleaning and disinfecting endoscopes from SGNA:
2. Leak testing
3. Manual cleaning
4. Rinse after cleaning
5. High-level disinfection (manual or automated)
6. Rinse after high-level disinfection
It’s recommended that hospitals and clinics should provide nurses ongoing educational training on how to properly handle and care for endoscopes.
Spectrum Surgical offers a number of endoscopic services from preventative maintenance servicing and education to repairs and certified pre-owned scopes.
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