Reprocessing Recommendations

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Cleaning, Endoscope Parts,

Cleaning Accessories that Break Mucosal Barrier*

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

Sterilize. HLD is not appropriate.

HICPAC, 2016

Sterilize. Assess staff competency in sterilization.

AORN, 2016

Clean and sterilize.

ANSI/AAMI ST91, 2015

Clean and sterilize.

APIC/JCR, 2017

Classified as critical devices, so must be sterilized.

CMS, 2016

All reusable critical items are sterilized prior to reuse.

TJC Booster Pak, 2015

Clean and Sterilize, based upon device Spaulding classification and manufacturer recommendations.

Guideline Details

*eg, biopsy forceps and other cutting instruments

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