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Her Loss, Their Gain - October 2019 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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9 4 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • O C T O B E R 2 0 1 9 H ealthcare facilities continue to face challenges in per- forming safe and effective endo- scope reprocessing. Is it any won- der? The complex design of endo- scopes makes the devices difficult to clean, reprocessing techs must follow complicated and lengthy reprocessing directions while working in tight spaces with inad- equate equipment and feel rushed or lack confidence to complete all of the reprocessing steps. National organizations recom- mend visual inspection and clean- ing verification of endoscopes after manual cleaning and before high- level disinfection or sterilization. Inspection and verification usually rely on your reprocessing techs abilities to identify defects and inter- pret spot-test results, which can sometimes lead to human error. The human factors of cleaning endoscopes get a boost by using the follow- ing technologies during routine reprocessing. 1. Borescopes The channels of a scope, especially the biopsy/suction channel, can be Take Better Care of Your Endoscopes These tools and tests enhance reprocessing practices and reduce cross-contamination risks. Alison Sonstelie, BS, CHL, CRCST | Fargo, N.D. • INSIDE LOOK Borescopes let staff check a scope's chan- nels for defects and debris that jeopardize safe patient care.

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