What is the durability of endoscopes to continued use and automated high-level disinfection, and how many duty cycles can a flexible endoscope withstand before repairs should be anticipated?
Explore this issue:October 2010
Background: High-level disinfection (HLD) for semi-critical instruments such as flexible endoscopes is recommended by the Association of Operating Room Nurses and the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. It is not easy, however, to find repair data or the number of duty cycles (individual patient endoscopic examinations and HLD processing) for flexible endoscopes utilized in pediatric patients.
Study design: Retrospective review