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The Art of the IV Start - December 2014 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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Title Byline THINKING OF BUYING ... 1 2 0 O U T P AT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E | D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 4 Automated Endoscope Reprocessors AERs make it easier to high-level disinfect your flexible scopes. A utomated endoscope reprocessors have been around for as long as I've been working in the GI department, and the technology just keeps improving. Their effi- cient, thorough, con- sistent cleaning and high-level disinfection means rapid scope turnarounds for providers, less labor and risk for techs and safe, quality care for patients. AERs are workhorses, but when it's time for your facility to upgrade, here's how to decide which one works for you. • See it in use. Since an AER depends on plumbing connections and other preparations to operate, it's not reasonable to temporarily install a range of models at your facility for on-site trials. Your best bet is to check them out elsewhere, visiting other facilities to see them in action and talk about them with GI managers and reprocessing techs. You should be able to find hospitals or endoscopy centers in your area that are using the types you're considering. It's just a matter of con- tacting your local professional peers or asking reps to make introduc- tions for you. During your visit, watch the process closely. How do the scopes get hooked up? What's the length of the reprocessing cycle? Ease of use INTO THE WASH Automated endoscope reprocessors can save you time and labor while delivering spotless results.

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