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Valvesafe™ - Why use Valvesafe
The World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) in their “Endoscope disinfection a resource-sensitive Approach Feb 2011, Jean-François Rey” state that:
After initial endoscope cleaning…..”the next stage involves dismantling the detachable parts of the endoscope, with valves and water bottle inlets being removed and detachable tips being taken off the insertion tube.”
The guidelines also state ”Valves should not be stored assembled into the endoscope. Remove caps, valves, and other detachable components in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
The “National Endoscopy Programme, Decontamination Standards for Flexible Endoscopes” March 2008, L Thomson et al, states that:
1) Reusable valves should be decontaminated in accordance with manufacturers’ instructions and processed with their corresponding endoscope.
2) Valves including flushing valves and removable parts are kept with the endoscope to form a unique set of equipment.
In addition, the ESGE - ESGENA guideline: Cleaning and disinfection in gastrointestinal endoscopy Update 2008 U. Beilenhoff et al, state that:
“Valves should be disconnected as they may block the air flow through the endoscope channels. Valves and distal caps should be stored separately but with the endoscope. Valves (including rinsing valves) should stay with a named endoscope as a set, to prevent cross−infection and enable full traceability.”
In keeping with the provision of traceability records for all items used during an endoscopic procedure, it is essential to ensure that accessories to the endoscope – in particular the valves – are kept with the correct instrument.
Valvesafe™ is an eloquent single-use solution for keeping an endoscope valves with the parent endoscope during the cleaning, disinfection and storage process.