Sterilizing Cononscopes

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   Posted 4/3/2008 8:59 AM (GMT -6)   
I have heard that it is very difficult to sterilize this equipment and that not all facilities do it properly between scopes.  Has anyone heard of this?

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   Posted 4/3/2008 9:08 AM (GMT -6)   
I asked my doc about the sterilizing process and even though I can't recall everything he said, I remember him telling me that it is perfectly safe. That he uses some sort of sterilizing liquid in a sonic cleaner - not sure if this is right. It was a long time ago that I asked this. But if you are hesitant about the cleaning process, you have every right to ask about it. I know there was a scandal that a friend of mine told me about some endoscopy clinics in Nevada were reusing syringes and medications so it wouldn't surprise me if some clinics didn't take the proper precautions for sterilizing c-scopes. I don't know if it's difficult as long as the proper steps are taken and I do know that it takes a few hours to complete the sterilization process.
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   Posted 4/3/2008 9:08 AM (GMT -6)   
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   Posted 4/3/2008 9:11 AM (GMT -6)   
I was just wondering about this on my drive into work this morning...
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   Posted 4/4/2008 12:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Well,  it all depends on how its done at each facility.  There are different ways.  The clinics I"ve worked at don't do colonoscopys but  do flexible sigmoidoscopys.   The equipment is the same,  except the colonoscope is much longer than the sigmoidoscope.   At the clinic where I work now,  the GI docs equipment gets cleaned in a special machine with special chemicals.   I would think as long as its running properly, and maintenance on a regular basis,   that it would be the best method.   At another clinic,   the equipment got cleaned by the people working there using either a chemical called Wavicide  or Cidex.  There is a big long process involved, and proper training needs to be if thats not done properly or if the employee does only a half-azzed job,  it definately could be a concern.    
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