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Advancing flexible endoscope cleaning

Adriaan Posthuma highlights the importance of inspecting flexible endoscopes, to ensure patient safety. He provides an insight into the risks of biofilm and protein residues, outlining the steps required to ensure quality assurance.

The cleaning of flexible endoscopes has always been considered difficult to validate due to the inability to inspect the cleanliness inside the lumens of an endoscope.¹ However, the latest advancements in technology have allowed the development of flexible inspection camera systems that can check the internal channels of an instrument for damage and debris, which could help in the reduction of infection rates. There are two categories of endoscopy-related infections²:

  • Endogenous infections from the patient’s own microbial flora.
  • Exogenous infections caused by inadequately reprocessed equipment.

Exogenous infections come from a pathogen entering the patient’s body from the external environment. One way in which this can occur is human error in the reprocessing of flexible endoscopes. It has always been notoriously difficult to ensure that the internal channels of a flexible endoscope are clean, free from debris, o

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Arab Health 2022

Dubai World Trade Centre
24th - 27th January

Knowlex Infection Prevention & Control 2022

National Conference Centre, Birmingham
8th - 9th February

Central Sterilising Club 60th Anniversary Annual Scientific Meeting

Crowne Plaza, Bridge Foot, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6YR
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Royal College of Physicians, London
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19th May 2022

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