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Reprocessing endoscopes within flexible infrastructure
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Reprocessing endoscopes within flexible infrastructure

With the emphasis in the Long Term Plan to increase the proportion of cancers diagnosed, endoscopy departments across the NHS are going to experience ever-increasing volumes.

Along with the rising number of endoscopy procedures is the increased demand for endoscope decontamination. With seven in every 100 hospitalised patients being affected with at least one hospital associated infection, infection prevention and control is an essential clinical priority to ensure patients, visitors and staff are protected from risk of infection. With this in mind, it’s crucial effective reprocessing of flexible endoscopes is in place.

The aim of flexible endoscope decontamination is to ensure the destruction or removal of microbial contamination from the device to render it safe for use. Wolfgang Merkens, Schülke & Mayr GmbH, has recently summarised that optimum reprocessing is essential which involves both cleaning and high-level disinfection and recommends using a different chemical for AERs at different stages in the cycle.

When employing a Vanguard Healthcare Solutions mobile endoscope decontamination unit, it is vital that the same rigorous testing and standards are applied. Vanguard recognises the importance of this and ensures that its mobile endoscope decontamination units follows the process of using different chemical for AERs at different stages.

The Vanguard portfolio of mobile decontamination units can cater for small cottage hospitals to the largest teaching hospital reprocessing over 120 scope per day.

Sir Mike Richards review of the current cancer screening programmes and diagnostic capacity is set to be finalised in summer this year, and with the increasing demand it is advisable for hospitals to be ahead of the curve by reviewing their endoscopy services and researching into solutions and contingency plans now.

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