Currently, the most common method of handling flexible gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopes is cleaning, followed by high-level disinfection, as terminal sterilization is often impractical.1
In this study, the research and development team from Advanced Sterilization Products examines endoscope processing challenges and the practicability of terminal sterilization.
N. Omidbakhsh et al. / Journal of Hospital Infection
According to the study, decontamination or sterilization of flexible endoscopes can be achieved by the endoscope manufacturers’ ability to design them to be easier to clean and/or simply using more robust materials that can withstand sterilization.1
Remember, when it comes to endoscope reprocessing safety, ASP recommends: