Outpatient Surgery Magazine - Subscribers

Fair and Equal Pay? - January 2016 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

Outpatient Surgery Magazine, providing current information on Surgical Services, Surgical Facility Administration, Outpatient Surgery News and Trends, OR Excellence and more.

Issue link: http://magazine.outpatientsurgery.net/i/625027

Contents of this Issue

Navigation

Page 92 of 152

D uodenoscopes are remark- ably intricate engineering marvels. But we've always known that. What we're just now realizing is how difficult they are to clean properly. For this, yes, we have a bacterial outbreak to thank, a series of high-profile cases of superbug infections at U.S. hos- pitals that are linked to contaminated duodenoscopes that were apparently cleaned according to manufacturers' instructions. Cleaning duodenoscopes is a blind process. You can't see inside the scopes, so you must wait until the rinse water that you flush through the long internal channels comes out clean. Cleaning is done by hand, with nothing but brushes, detergent solution and elbow grease. You can't autoclave duodenoscopes because their lenses and electronics make them sensitive to high temperatures. J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 6 • O U T PA T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T • 9 3 Recent superbug outbreaks have hammered home the importance of proper manual cleaning. No More Dirty Duodenoscopes • ROOM TO MOVE The insertion tubes of duodenoscopes are long. Make sure technicians have good surfaces and enough room to work. Chris Lavanchy Plymouth Meeting, Pa.

Articles in this issue

Archives of this issue

view archives of Outpatient Surgery Magazine - Subscribers - Fair and Equal Pay? - January 2016 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine