Reprocessing Recommendations

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Additional Recommendations, Endoscope Tests,

Pressure & Leak Testing

This page includes summaries that should not be used to create policies and procedures. Please refer to the original source documents for exact language. Links can be found here.

Multisociety, 2016

Perform after each use, before formal reprocessing.

HICPAC, 2016

After each use, and prior to manual cleaning.

AORN, 2016

Follow endoscope manufacturer's IFUs, including PPE required. Remove all valves and biopsy port covers. Allow sufficient space and time to pressure test minimally-coiled endoscope. Manipulate directional knobs, elevator controls and video or remote switches during process to detect holes or pressure changes.

ANSI/AAMI ST91, 2015

Follow endoscope manufacturer's IFUs, including PPE required. Remove all valves and biopsy port covers. Allow sufficient space and time to pressure test minimally-coiled endoscope. Manipulate directional knobs, elevator controls and video or remote switches during process to detect holes or pressure changes.

APIC/JCR, 2017

"All the steps of precleaning, leak testing, cleaning and rinsing must occur to prepare the endoscope for either a manual or automated disinfection process."

CMS, 2016

Flexible endoscopes are inspected for damage and leak tested as part of each reprocessing cycle.

TJC Booster Pak, 2015

All the steps of precleaning, leak testing, cleaning, and rinsing must occur to prepare the endoscope for either a manual or automated disinfection process. Leak test the endoscope according to the manufacturer’s IFUs. If a leak is detected, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for decontamination to avoid further damage.

Guideline Details

How do you know if an endoscope has been properly cleaned? Here’s an easy-to-use reference.