Flexible endoscopes were first developed and brought to market back in the late 1950s and early 1960s. At that time, they were strictly a diagnostic tool. Today, in addition to diagnostic testing, many therapeutic procedures are performed using flexible endoscopes. Because the scopes are fragile and made with some heatsensitive materials, they often cannot withstand steam sterilization and require low-temperature processing. Low temperature sterilization involves temperatures of 60 degrees Celsius or less. Historically, reprocessing methods have been very limited for these types of instruments.
1.0 CE Hours Approved by: CBRN, CBSPD & IAHCSMM
What Will I Learn?
This study guide will present a comparison among available reprocessing methods for heat-sensitive equipment with a focus on oxidative chemistries.
Upon completion of this study guide program, the participant should be able to:
1. Describe the available low-temperature processing methods for endoscopic and minimally invasive surgical devices.
2. Review the advantages for processing endoscopes using oxidative chemistries.
3. List the process of biofilm formation in endoscopes and automated processors.