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A Deep Dive Into Surface Disinfection - October 2017 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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6 0 • 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 7 R eprocessing endoscopes takes diligence every step of the way. From pre-cleaning to leak testing to automat- ic disinfection, your nurses and techs must pay careful attention to every part of the process. From withdraw- al of the scope to storing it in a cabinet, the entire reprocessing should take roughly 45 minutes. Though the turnaround is quick, it comprises many technical steps that must be completed thoroughly every single time. Neglecting any step, however small, puts your facility at risk of transferring microbes. To refresh, let's revisit the 11 stages of a thorough reprocessing, starting with pre-cleaning, once the scope has been withdrawn from the patient. Is perfection possible every time when disinfecting scopes? Robert C. Lacava, RN | Rockville, Md. • PROPER BRUSHING The endoscope contains tiny channels and crevices that need to be cleaned thoroughly, using special brushes. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR

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