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Oatmeal and Endoscopes

So, you forget to put your Oat Meal bowl in the sink and rinse it out, perhaps your dishwasher is in the middle of a cleaning cycle. The soiled bowl (endoscope) sits on the counter for a while. By the time you get to it, the oatmeal has dried. Rinsing and a soaking barely help, you need to chip the residue off with force. Making matters worse, you're in a hurry, you need to use the bowl again right away.




That's exactly what happens to the delicate internal ports of endoscopes when they aren't instantly rinsed. Someone will have to chip away at the debris and hardened protiens that are left inside, often in a hurry, potentially damaging the scope.


Okay, so instead you rinse the bowl out quickly then set it on the counter. You don't have the large bits hardening on the surface, but you now have a possibly harder film that is equally difficult to remove.




Again, that is exactly what happens to endoscopes that are rinsed, then left to dry a little before reprocessing. You have removed the large particles, but you still have a tough-to-remove film of hard protiens that can harbor infectious microbes and risk cross-contamination of patients.


Making matters worse, let's say your oatmeal bowl is made of plastic. That makes the cleaning all that much harder. If you scrape too hard, you'll damage or scratch the bowl. Its harder be sure that you've got the soft plastic surface clean. Exactly the problem with flexible endoscopes, they are made of easily bendable plastics, a surface difficult to clean in the first place. Small surface scratches may not damage the scope, but will for sure, give yet another place for germs to hide.



Plastic Bowl with Oatmeal


The best way to handle your oatmeal bowl if you can't immediately completely wash it, is to rinse it, then let is soak until cleaning time. Cleaning it will then be a snap, all residue will quickly and fully be removed by a normal wash cycle, either manual or in your dishwasher.


With the ProShield, that's exactly what you do. You will minimize the cleaning time, minimize cleaning damage, and increase the removal rate of contamination of your flexible endoscopes and TEE probes.


Place the used/dirty endoscope in a ProShield tube, snap the ProShield into one of holders for added convenience. Now flush/rinse the ports by following the manufacturer's recommendations. The ProShield will catch and retain the enzyme soap. The port(s) will not dry out, the soaking process will continue, all remaining films and residue will stay soft and moist. They will be easily removed during standard cleaning cycles, with no additional trauma caused by hard to remove biomass.


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What do you use the ProShield for?

Difficult Airway Scopes - 12.5%
Bronchoscopes - 43.8%
TEE Probes - 18.8%
Upper GI Endoscopes - 9.4%
Other Endoscopes - 9.4%
Other Ultrasound Probes - 6.3%

Total votes: 32
The voting for this poll has ended on: 09 Nov 2012 - 00:00