Check the collar at the distal tip.
Try to slide the insulation back.
Check the handle for chipping or cracking.
Visually check the instrument's shaft.
Water containing approved sterilant
A heated glutaraldehyde
To keep fluid from entering the unit.
To keep functioning batteries and cords clean.
To prevent electrical shock.
To test the unit while cleaning.
An ultrasonic cleaner.
A flush-pulse endoscope reprocessor.
An automatic endoscope reprocessor.
Be decontaminated if they appear soiled upon arrival.
Be sterilized using a low temperature process.
Be decontaminated before use.
Should not be used.
The Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates.
The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.
The instrument manufacturer.
The Operating Room staff.
Not all endoscopes can be processed in an automatic endoscope reprocessor.
Ultrasonic cleaning is the process of choice for endoscopes.
Flexible endoscopes are not easily damaged.
All endoscopes should be steam sterilized.
In the decontamination area prior to cleaning.
In the clean assembly area prior to set assembly.
At the factory or onsite repair unit.
In the Operating Room at the end of the procedure.