An introduction to the potential infection risks of flexible endoscopes and the key considerations for reprocessing.
Flexible endoscopes are reusable but highly complex devices that cannot be heat sterilised and are designed with multiple channels, which are difficult to clean and disinfect. This complexity poses many challenges related to ensuring the safety of patients and endoscopy staff.
This course features a presentation that discusses these challenges and presents the requirements of endoscopy staff and the perspective of disinfectant manufacturers. The role of disinfectants in the decontamination process is examined, including a review of criteria commonly used for the selection of disinfectants.
On completion of this course trainees will:
1. Gain an understanding of some of the challenges in selecting a disinfectant for the reprocessing of flexible endoscopes.
2. Be aware of the rules, guidelines and directives designed to ensure that devices/disinfectants consistently meet the highest safety standards.
3. Have knowledge of the key questions to ask when selecting a disinfectant.
Add members of your team to this course to track their progress.
This course features a presentation given by Mr Wolfgang Merkens, Schulke & Mayr GmbH, at the Institute of Decontamination Sciences (IDSc) Conference in 2018.
There is a multiple choice test at the end of the course to assess the trainee's understanding of the content. All trainees that complete the course will receive a personalised certificate.