Reprocessing Endoscopes 2018-06-08T16:53:13+00:00

Reprocessing Endoscopes

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Learning Objectives

  • Bacteria hotspots
  • Reprocessing best practices
  • Common error & warnings

Course Description

Endoscope manufacturers have developed revised checklists to increase the effectiveness of reprocessing. This course covers reprocessing best practices, and common errors and manufacturer warnings.

Every step of reprocessing is important, and the later steps of high-level disinfection and sterilization cannot be completely effective if the earlier steps of pre-cleaning and cleaning are not performed perfectly.

This course encourages endoscope reprocessing technicians to become defenders of patient safety for those undergoing endoscopy procedures. It emphasizes that their work must never be regarded as routine: The stakes are very high and their work is key to breaking the chain of infection transmission in a hospital setting.

Amplifire offers two versions of this course:

  • Olympus Evis Exera 160VF, 160F, and Q180V Duodenovideoscopes
  • Pentax ED-3460TK Video Duodenoscopes

Did you know…

  • Carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae (CRE) are now almost fully resistant to every known antibiotic, including the “antibiotics of last resort”
  • Infection with CRE bacteria can result in a 50% mortality rate
  • The director of the Centers for Disease Control has referred to CRE as “nightmare bacteria”
  • The CDC recommends “Facilities should review all steps in duodenoscope reprocessing several times a year”

Course at a Glance

Target Audience: Technicians

Time to Complete: 35 Minutes

Contributor: Providence Health & Services

Author Information

Course development guided by the expertise of

  • Jack Brandabur
  • Shannan Hove
  • Thomas Rowe

Facility Co-developer

Providence Health & Services