Ensuring that reprocessed endoscopes are completely dry during storage remains an important patient safety topic in the world of endoscopy. Residual moisture in and around endoscopes promotes the growth of organisms and increases the risk of infectious outbreaks. As a result, the storage cabinets in which reprocessed scopes reside until their next case have come under increased scrutiny. The latest cabinets on the market today approach the drying of endoscopes in different ways.
Some offer passive ventilation, others active ventilation, and still others provide forced filtered air that moves through the channels of each scope. All of those options are based on currently available reprocessing recommendations, so your facility will need to decide how vigilant to be with the ventilation and drying of scopes in storage. Let’s take a closer look at these three drying approaches: