Reprocessing Recommendations

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HLD & Sterilization,

Drying after HLD

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Multisociety, 2016

Flush channels with 70% to 90% ethyl or isopropyl alcohol and then dry using filtered forced air. Some organizations stipulate use of "instrument air."

HICPAC, 2016

Not addressed.

AORN, 2016

Flush channels with 70% to 80% ethyl or isopropyl alcohol and dry using medical-grade forced air at correct psi until no moisture is visible. Use of a syringe for this purpose is not recommended. Dry all removable parts and keep with endoscope but do not re-attach for storage.

ANSI/AAMI ST91, 2015

Flush channels with 70% to 80% ethyl or isopropyl alcohol and dry using medical-grade forced air at correct psi until no moisture is visible. Use of a syringe for this purpose is not recommended. Dry all removable parts and keep with endoscope but do not re-attach for storage.

APIC/JCR, 2017

Usually involves injecting air through each channel followed by an alcohol flush and then additional air to purge the alcohol. The outside of the endoscope should also be dried, per manufacturer's IFUs.

CMS, 2016

Dry completely before reuse. This includes flushing all channels with alchohol and forcing air through the channels.

TJC Booster Pak, 2015

Purge all channels with air. Avoid excessively high air pressure. Flush all channels with 70-80% alcohol to facilitate drying.

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