Overcoming the problems of current scopes
Overcoming the Problems with Current Scopes
Ensuring patient safety
There is very strong international evidence from a number of studies that current reusable endoscopes carry significant quantities of biomatter between patients.
This of course creates a huge risk of cross-infection and there have been a number of high profile cases of deaths associated with the use of reusable endoscopes.
Enabling more patients to be treated
Efficient endoscopy units run a ‘conveyor belt’ system which is reliant on personnel and equipment.
Breakdown and other non-availability of reusable endoscopes cause significant interruption to the smooth running of the units, causing significant cost burdens on hospitals and negatively affecting patient care.
Cleaning of reusable endoscopes requires use of specialist cleaning machines which need purified water and aggressive chemicals, and trained operators who need protective PPE. The process for High Level Disinfection (note, not sterilization) is laborious and time consuming.
As reusable endoscopes are highly complex they frequently break due to the aggressive cleaning process.
The cleaning process entails:
- leak testing,
- detailed manual cleaning,
- a wash cycle,
- post cleaning testing,
- drying and
All this adds up to a significant cost burden, with unplanned repairs wreaking havoc in stretched endoscopy units.