Reprocessing is complex, time-sensitive, and resource-intensive
- Manual cleaning of the endoscope must start immediately after it has been withdrawn from the patient
- The system must then be transported to the reprocessing area, where manual cleaning should start within ~30 minutes1
- Duodenoscope reprocessing manuals can average >100 pages and >150 steps2
Preparing the scope for re-use is demanding, requiring the time and dedication of trained staﬀ and thereby taking them away from more direct forms of patient care.
It is also ineﬀective
- In a study, only 1.4% of trained staﬀ were found to perform the reprocessing steps correctly3
- 15% of patient-ready scopes were found to be contaminated in a nationwide study in the Netherlands that tested >150 duodenoscopes at >70 centers4
- In a 2015 outbreak of drug resistant KI. pneumoniae (MRKP) in a Netherlands medical center, two duodenoscopes were responsible for attack rates* of 35% and 29% respectively5
*Attack rate: Number of infected or colonized cases/number of exposed persons.
Postprocedural control can be as simple as disposing of a single-use scope
The Boston Scientiﬁc single-use portfolio eliminates duodenoscope reprocessing servicing and repairs.
It also minimizes the risk of infection and its associated costs.
All your department will need is a biohazard waste disposal protocol.
Facilitating infection prevention in the HPB (hepato-pancreato-biliary) pathway
Before a procedure
Facilitate infection prevention and protect patients with risk assessments and single-use, sterile solutions.