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Key Takeaways: Guideline for Processing Flexible Endoscopes

Publish Date: September 14, 2022

Recommendation: Store flexible endoscopes in a drying cabinet.

Explanation:

  • NEW: Optimal storage of flexible endoscopes facilitates drying, decreases the potential for contamination, and provides protection from environmental contaminants.
  • NEW: Drying cabinets include a drying system that circulates HEPA- filtered air through the cabinet while filtered air under pressure is forced through the endoscope channels. The internal and external surfaces of the endoscope are continuously dried, suppressing bacterial growth. Studies related to the efficacy of drying cabinets compared with other methods of storage showed that drying cabinets effectively limited bacterial proliferation during storage.

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