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Cleaning and Disinfecting Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Equipment

Endoscopes are inadequately reprocessed and have raised undue fear regarding the potential for transmission of infection during endoscopy. When current guidelines for endoscope cleaning and disinfection are followed, this risk is virtually eliminated. This topic has largely been taken for granted by many endoscopists, however. Standardized cleaning and disinfection protocols have been available for some …

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Endoscopy Cleaning Protocol

Clean the external surface of the endoscope with detergent using soft cloths, sponges, or brushes. Flush and brush all accessible channels to remove debris and other contaminants. Hard-to-clean areas or accessories should be cleaned with an ultrasonic cleaner. After cleaning, rinse with clean water to remove the detergent on the endoscopes. Rinsing includes flushing the endoscope, …

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