Why you should properly maintain your endoscopy equipment
Maintaining your endoscopy equipment is vital to ensure that you are able to provide your patients with the very best service. Making sure that everything is properly serviced and cared for after each use will help to prevent major consequences affecting your patients.
Failure to properly maintain and clean your devices can lead to:
Cross Contamination: Failing to clean the device can lead to cross contamination in your patients, without thoroughly disinfecting and sanitizing your endoscopy equipment you could end up passing on deadly diseases. This is actually a major hazard when it comes to modern health technology.
Device failure: Not only does poor cleaning increase the risk of spreading diseases, but it can also cause your endoscopy equipment to get blocked, which results in it breaking down and malfunctioning – which can cost you significantly to either repair or entirely replace.
So how do you keep it clean?
To ensure that you are able to keep providing the very best service to your patients you need to implement a strict and clear procedure to cleaning and maintenance. This includes:
Keeping a dedicated space solely for the cleaning of your instruments
Manually clean everything as meticulously as you can
Keep clear records of when everything was disinfected and sanitized
Make sure everything is cleaned on a daily basis
Only use designated cleaners and disinfectants that have been designed for use on endoscopy equipment
By implementing these into your regular routine, you will be able to maximise the longevity of your equipment, ensure your patients are kept healthy and reduce the costs you spend on repair and replacing equipment.