Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Detergent choices for endoscope reprocessing

The first stage of endoscope cleaning involves the use of detergents. Without adequate cleaning, the disinfection stage will not be completed successfully and the risk of microbial survival becomes greater. There are two classes of detergent: enzymatic and non-enzymatic. There are advantages and disadvantages with each type, and the choice between them should be made by way of risk assessment.

In relation to the above, Tim Sandle has written an article for The ClinicalServices Journal.

Sandle, T. (2012). ‘Detergent choices for endoscope reprocessing’, The Clinical Services Journal, Volume 11, Issue 8, pp71-75

The article can be read on-line, although readers need to register with the journal beforehand. Go to Clinical Services Journal

Posted by Tim Sandle