While the optical quality of today’s endoscopy systems is excellent, other issues remain unadressed. Due to the complex design of reusable endoscopes, with long and narrow channels, their cleaning and disinfection remains a major challenge – with a significant impact on hygiene and patient safety.
Trash generated when reprocessing one endoscope
Manual cleaning of a conventional endoscope
According to the CDC contaminated endoscopes have been linked to more healthcare-associated infections than any other medical device. Reprocessing lapses remain a widespread problem despite investment in automatic endoscope washers and observance of strict guidelines. And new studies show persistent contamination of endoscopes despite adherence to reprocessing guidelines.
Reusable GI endoscopes have 7 to 10 times more bioburden load than surgical instruments, yet they only require high-level disinfection while surgical instruments require sterile reprocessing.
In addition, multi-drug resistance is an issue which makes dealing with hospital-contracted infections that may have potentially been transmitted by endoscopes even more challenging.
The invendoscope SC200 is delivered sterile and for single-use. Therefore each patient has his or her own endoscope. Complex cleaning and disinfection processes for the endoscope are not required.