Safe Transport of Flexible Endoscopes

Endoscope Cleaning at Sink

When going from point "A" to point "B" is more than just a straight line

It’s really no surprise that sterile processing professionals can’t get enough information on endoscope management best practices. The complexity of endoscope construction, the ongoing concerns about processing these devices, the hundreds of steps in manufacturers’ IFUs, and the many intersecting standards and guidelines provide a lot of information, but perhaps not many answers.

Going from point A to point BAt Case Medical, we are constantly looking for ways to creatively address customer problems and improve the effectiveness of endoscope reprocessing with new products and solutions. Last week we talked about how having a plan for patient safety, including point of use pre-treatment, contributes to positive outcomes. When it comes to safe and compliant transport of soiled endoscopes, consider using a sealed container with accessories that clearly identify the status of the contents.

Taking on big challenges 

Sometimes when a challenge is vast and multi-faceted, the best approach is to break it down into manageable pieces. When transporting endoscopes after a patient procedure, there are two desired outcomes—1) protecting personnel and the environment from contamination and 2) protecting the endoscope from damage.

AAMI ST-79 states, “The possibility of items being contaminated with infectious material is greatest at the point of use, where they have been in patient contact.” To identify this hazard and minimize exposure risk, endoscopes should be transported in a properly labeled container. We recommend the SteriTite container with accessories shown below.

Transport with confidence

SteriTite Rigid Container with Biohazard Plaque and Biohazard Identifier SealA SteriTite container can help you transport with confidence. Always separate accessories from the contaminated endoscope to prevent puncture or damage. Red biohazard tamper evident seals plus red biohazard ID plaques leave no question as to the state of the contents!

Ready for the next patient

MediTray RACETRAK Insert for Flexible EndoscopesUtilize Case Medical’s MediTray® inserts to protect all of your valuable devices.  Featured here is our RACETRAK insert, an innovation that ensures an endoscope is coiled loosely and securely to prevent kinks and internal damage.

SteriTite LoTemp IFU02665Use during transport or for low temperature sterilization (inside an appropriate SteriTite container). Closed transport of patient ready devices provides an additional layer of assurance to prevent accidental exposure to the contents.

Check out our tip sheet Addressing Challenges of Endoscope Reprocessing based on the 2019 ECRI Top Ten Health Technology Hazards.

Please share a comment below to let us know how you are handling endoscope transport or other aspects of endoscope reprocessing.  We look forward to hearing from you.