Endoscopes are one of the most important inventions in the medical world. It is an illuminated, optical tubular instrument that allows doctors and other medical practitioners to look inside the body to find problems such as growths, tumors, swellings, cuts, internal bleeding, etc. There are a lot of different types of Endoscopes, all used for a variety of items, but keeping them clean is important. Click here for Endoscopic cleaning instruments and accessories.
How To Clean and Disinfect Endoscopes
While the different types of Endoscopes may need specific ways to clean, there are generally 8 steps to properly clean and disinfect them. You can also use special tools but you can also manually clean Endoscopes. Click here for tools and processes on how to clean.
The first step is to pre-clean by wiping the insertion tube and then suctioning an enzymatic detergent solution through the endoscope. Then you need to follow instructions how to clean the air and water channels. After, you will have to detach removable components for further cleaning. After pre-cleaning, you will need to do a DRY leak test and a WET leak test. Next you will go through the process of manually cleaning, rinsing, and then drying. The next, and probably one of the most important steps is to disinfect with a high-level disinfectant. You need to immerse it, disinfect all channels, and then soak the Endoscope, components, and cleaning adapters. After, you will rinse it to dispel the disinfectant and dry it using a sterile, lint-free cloth. You will then need to perform an alcohol flush before you keep it in storage.
It is important to keep Endoscopes clean and disinfect them properly with the right tools and processes. Remember to always consult the manufacturer’s manual and instructions for specific cleaning and care, as each Endoscope may have specific requirements and processes.