Reprocessing Recommendations

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Assessing Reprocessing Procedures,

Visual Assessment

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

Assess endoscopes and accessories frequently in the course of use and reprocessing. Manual cleaning of complex components may be aided by optimal lighting and magnification. Promptly remove suspect scopes for repair or disposal.

HICPAC, 2016

After manual cleaning. Complex devices may require the use of lighted magnification or "additional methods" to assist with inspection.

AORN, 2016

After cleaning. Perform functionality test. Visualization may be aided by magnification, additional illumination, and/or video boroscopes of the appropriate length and diameter.

ANSI/AAMI ST91, 2015

After cleaning. Perform functionality test. Visualization may be aided by magnification, additional illumination, and/or video boroscopes of the appropriate length and diameter.

APIC/JCR, 2017

After precleaning, cleaning and rinsing. Should be performed even if an AER is used.

CMS, 2016

After cleaning and before HLD. Visually inspect for residual soil.

TJC Booster Pak, 2015

Not addressed.

Guideline Details

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