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Endoscope Storage

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

Remove detachable components and store vertically to facilitate drying. Decisions should be made at facility level (in collaboration with infection prevention department) re: how to best store and transport to avoid contamination.

HICPAC, 2016

Vertically, in a cabinet designed to prevent coiling and without touching the bottom of the cabinet OR horizontal storage designed by manufacturer for flexible endoscopes. Other cabinet features not determined.

AORN, 2016

Hung vertically in a well-ventilated area, with distal tip hanging freely, not touching other endoscopes, following manufacturer's IFUs. Label scope with date of processing, name(s) of the person(s) performing the processing, and date of HLD.

ANSI/AAMI ST91, 2015

Hung vertically in a well-ventilated area, with distal tip hanging freely, not touching other endoscopes, following manufacturer's IFUs. Label scope with date of processing, name(s) of the person(s) performing the processing, and date of HLD.

APIC/JCR, 2017

Surveyors will expect to see endoscopes stored in a designated vented cabinet, stored in a vertical position, without the tip of the scope touching the bottom of the cabinet. Scopes should not be touching each other. Discrepancies in regulatory requirements exist re: whether to store specific accessories with specific endoscopes. Each facility should determine and implement a procedure least likely to lead to patient harm.

CMS, 2016

Hung vertically or according to the scope cabinet manufacturer's instructions.

TJC Booster Pak, 2015

Hang endoscopes vertically in a clean, well-ventilated and dust-free area. There should be no staining at the base of the storage cabinet which may reflect an inadequate drying process. Caps, valves and other detachable components removed per manufacturer’s instructions, dried and stored separately.

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