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Cleaning Verification Tests

Manual cleaning is ‘most important step’ Although rare, numerous outbreaks of disease transmission to patients have been documented and traced back to contaminated endoscopes. In some cases, lapses in proper cleaning and disinfection were discovered. But in other cases, no lapse was ever found. Persistent contamination concerns are fueling an ongoing discussion among researchers and…
Petri dish with Enterococcus faecalis bacteria

Microbial Testing

Surveillance cultures can help assess a facility’s reprocessing procedures Microbial testing assesses the “bioburden” of an item, which is the total count of bacterial and fungal colony-forming units, or CFUs, per sample. Microbial testing is used as routine surveillance for pathogens, or in the event of an outbreak. It is performed after endoscope disinfection, sterilization,…

Spotlight on Manual Cleaning of Flexible Endoscopes

It's just one aspect of a long, sometimes two-hour process to get a scope ready for use on the next patient. This step is critical, though, as the manual brushing can remove up to 99 percent of the bioburden from flexible endoscopes.