6 best practices from AORN's forthcoming endoscope reprocessing guidelines

January 15, 2016 | Print  |

The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses plans to release an update to its "Guideline for Processing Flexible Endoscopes" on Feb. 1, but the lead author of the guideline update offered a sneak peek at some of the soon-to-come best practices.

Sharon Van Wicklin, MSN, RN, senior perioperative specialist and the lead author, spoke with Periop Insider about the new guidelines. The six evidence-based practices she discussed are listed below.

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1. Record when a procedure is completed and when the cleaning is initiated.

2. Mechanically clean and process flexible endoscopes using a high-level disinfectant or a liquid chemical sterilant, or mechanically clean and sterilize, instead of the previously recommended manual soaking of endoscopes.

3. Use cleaning verification tests, not visual inspection.

4. Use a drying cabinet to store flexible endoscopes.

5. Use a team to establish a policy for maximum storage time, instead of using the five-day storage maximum previously recommended by AORN.

6. Ensure those in charge of cleaning and processing have been educated and have completed competency verification.

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