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Number Your Scopes So You Know When It's Time to Reprocess


unused scopes KEEP TABS Number your scopes so you know when it's time to reprocess them.

UNUSED SCOPES
Number Your Scopes So You Know When It's Time to Reprocess

You probably reprocess your unused endoscopes weekly, but how do you track which scopes have been used and reprocessed and which haven't? We came up with a simple system. Using a white industrial marker, we number the grip section of each of our 14 scopes and use that number to track usage and reprocessing in our daily log. This way, we know that we have to reprocess any scope that hasn't been used in a week.

Vickie Coker, RN
The Gastro-Intestinal Center and Endoscopy Center of Little Rock
Little Rock, Ark
[email protected]

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