One piece of the flexible endoscope reprocessing puzzle is too often overlooked.
Transportation of the scopes, according to Michael Matthews, may be the most easily forgotten step.
The reason is that no individual department is often solely responsible for the task, Matthews, the director of customer training and education for Agiliti, recently wrote in Beyond Clean. For those tasked with transporting flexible endoscopes, there was likely no specialized training to prevent damage to the devices during the process.
Transportation also often presents the biggest opportunity for cost savings, Matthews adds.
Transport containers protect endoscopes from the outside environment, but not from the scopes themselves. Damage is more likely when more than one scope shares a container, according to Matthews.
He offered three tips to reduce endoscope damage during transport:
Single-use endoscopes are used once and then discarded, removing the need for transport and reprocessing as well as the risk of damage.