Reprocessing Recommendations

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Cleaning, Endoscope Parts,

Cleaning Endoscope Parts

This page includes summaries that should not be used to create policies and procedures. Please refer to the original source documents for exact language. Links can be found here.

Multisociety, 2016

Per manufacturer's instructions, meticulously clean entire scope, including valves, channels, connectors and all detachable parts. Disconnect and disassemble components. Repeatedly actuate valves during cleaning. Totally immerse endoscope. Non-immersible GI endoscopes should not be used.

HICPAC, 2016

Follow manufacturer's IFUs.

AORN, 2016

Clean all valve cylinders, openings, and forceps elevator housings with appropriate brushes. Brush and flush and rinse all channels thoroughly and purge channels with air.

ANSI/AAMI ST91, 2015

Clean all valve cylinders, openings, and forceps elevator housings with appropriate brushes. Brush and flush and rinse all channels thoroughly and purge channels with air.

APIC/JCR, 2017

Not addressed. Base protocols on current evidence-based recommendations.

CMS, 2016

Clean throroughly, including lumens, with brushes of appropriate size and then inspect for residual soil.

TJC Booster Pak, 2015

All accessories are removed for cleaning or discarded if disposable – following manufacturer’s IFUs. Scope and accessories immersed in measured enzymatic detergent. All channels and accessories thoroughly brushed with manufacturer recommended brushes.

Guideline Details

Just as flexible endoscopes undergo regular cleaning, disinfection, and surveillance to mitigate the risk of cross contamination, the same should be done for equipment.