Robust Processes & Training Needed to Maintain High-Level Disinfection

Microbes can remain on endoscopes following reprocessing with high-level disinfectants (HLDs). Factors that can contribute to ineffective endoscope reprocessing include: non-compliance to reprocessing guidelines or facility processes; inadequate device cleaning; using contaminated water for rinsing; remains of insoluble products on devices; insufficient endoscope drying techniques; or HLD chemistry or monitoring issues.