SGNA Standards of Infection Control in Reprocessing of Flexible Gastrointestinal Endoscopes states: “Visual inspection is an essential step to make sure the endoscope is visibly clean (AAMI, 2015; Rutala et al., 2008). According to Peterson (2017), all endoscopes and reusable accessories should be visually inspected during all stages of handling and reprocessing – before, during, and after use, in addition to during and after cleaning and before HLD (High Level Disinfection). Visual inspection is not a guarantee that decontamination from manual cleaning is complete, but it can be considered a safety stop or “time out” to ensure the endoscope is visually clean before proceeding to the next step of HLD.”
The Dri-Scope Aid family of products have been on the forefront of finding a solution for every facility to dry their scopes properly after high-level disinfection. “While discussing the importance of drying the internal channels with Infection Prevention personnel, we have seen how scopes have been perceived dry after AER reprocessing or vertical air drying in a cabinet. We then used a borescope to look at the internal channels and found that the scopes still had remaining moisture in them if an automated forced air system (e.g. Dri-Scope Aid®) had not been used. We were also able to observe other irregularities with the internal channels,” said George Cronin, National Sales Manager. “Multiple society and manufacturer recommendations have outlined the importance of visual inspection to identify damage and verify reprocessing efficacy. This sent us on a mission to find the premier inspection system on the market which had the best visualization, documentation, and ease of use for the customer. SteriView fits all those needs.”
TRICOR Systems Inc. is excited to announce the launch of the SteriView MIC (Modular Inspection Camera). TRICOR has been chosen as the exclusive United States distributor of the SteriView MIC. SteriView is the next generation of advanced small diameter, near field inspection scopes designed to provide ready access and imaging of the interior chambers, lumens, and working channels of surgical medical devices. The MIC’s removable insertion tube/camera can be High Level Disinfected, providing the Infection Prevention team the ability to image the internal channels of a clean instrument.
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