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Endoscope reprocessing: Why cleaning is vital


Within the healthcare system, an ever increasing number of minimally invasive techniques are now possible. Wolfgang Merkens, Schülke & Mayr GmbH warns that without effective and thorough cleaning, it is not possible to adequately disinfect the endoscope, as disinfection cannot remove gross contamination.


Endoscopic examination offers a simple, low risk, and cost-effective means to diagnose and treat a wide range of gastrointestinal disorders. During the procedure, the external surface and internal channels of a flexible endoscopes is exposed to bodily fluids and other potential contaminants, meaning that reprocessing poses particular challenges.

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