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Eco Ez Cleanse™ - Cleaning and disinfecting
Both the manufacturer of the reusable medical device and the user of the device have roles to play in ensuring the safe and effective reprocessing of medical devices.
Personnel involved with the cleaning, disinfection and sterilisation of endoscopes should refer to their national and international guidelines as well as refer to the instructions provided by the manufacturer as, in accordance with the Medical Devices Directive, CE marked reusable devices must all be supplied with comprehensive validated reprocessing instructions.
Decontamination of endoscopes should be undertaken by trained staff in dedicated rooms. Staff training programmes should be implemented and documented.
There are some specific points with regards to endoscope pre-cleaning, which should be taken into consideration:
•As soon as the endoscope has been removed from the patient, reprocessing can be started
•During endoscope reprocessing use a low-foaming detergent specifically designated for use in medical instrument cleaning
•Clear gross debris by sucking detergent through the working channel (250 mL/min).
•Detergent solution is sucked through the working channel and the air/water channel is flushed with water in order to remove debris and to check the correct functioning of the channel.
•The insertion tube is cleaned externally with a soft, disposable cloth/sponge and checked for any damages.