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Enhanced endoscope care Difference makers in infection control must include the tools and technologies that improve the effectiveness of endoscope cleaning, a notoriously difficult and complex process. "There are more than 100 steps involved in the high-level disinfec- tion of endoscopes," says Linda Beaver, RN, MSN, MHA, administra- tor at Gateway Endoscopy Center in St. Louis. "Automating any parts of the process reduces the possibility of human error and can only benefit patients, which is always the ultimate goal." Luckily, there's no shortage of innovative automated options to bolster proper endoscope reprocessing: borescopes that let staff examine internal channels for residual bacteria, cleaning verification systems (ATP testing, for example), pressurized rinse technology, closed and labeled containers for transport to the reprocessing area and specialized drying cabinets that ensure internal channels remain dry during storage. Your facility now has plenty of options to aug- ment staff performance with automated technology. To determine the technologies that are right for you, there are several steps you can take. "First, look at reprocessing guidelines and recommendations issued by national associations," says Alison Sonstelie, BS, CHL, CRCST, supply chain operations manager at Sanford Health in Fargo, N.D., and president of NoCoast Consulting. "Next, develop a cost analysis, which should include the useful life of the equipment, the repair expenses and the cost of treating infections. That creates a story about why this technology is so important for your facility to invest in." Perhaps the most important part of the decision-making process, says Ms. Sonstelie, is finding out how willing your vendor is to go above and beyond for you. "We always look for a partnership with 6 0 • O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J U N E 2 0 2 0

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