In order to comply with regulating agencies and manufacturers’ instructions for use, your endoscopes must be stored in a clean and dry environment.1-4 Endoscope storage cabinets vary in ventilation offerings. In order to assist you in determining your optimal endoscope storage, MASS™ Medical Storage presents an outline of the four main types of drying options for scope storage cabinets.
Remember to check manufacturer’s IFUs first and foremost to reduce the risk voiding your endoscopes’ warranty.
The new MASS™ truAIR™ Endoscope Drying Cabinet is engineered to provide HEPA-filtered, pressurized airflow that circulates in the cabinet while filtered air under pressure flows continually through each endoscope’s lumen. This MASS™ proprietary system’s design achieves these standards at an unprecedented value, enabling facilities to meet higher standards and provide their patients with the next generation of endoscope storage.
To reduce the possibility of contamination of stored endoscopes, AORN recommends storing scopes in a closed cabinet that provides positive pressure.
AORN states that using HEPA-filtered air can assist with prevention of bacterial growth on the stored endoscope.
Adding positive pressure to the HEPA filter design incorporates fresh air, rather than merely circulating the air within the cabinet.
Continual air movement, with the inclusion of fresh air, assists with proper storage of reprocessed endoscopes.
To meet minimum requirements from manufacturers and governing societies, endoscopes must be stored vertically in a clean, dry, ventilated cabinet.
Endoscopes must be reprocessed and completely dry before being placed in storage, thus minimizing moisture in the cabinet.
Ventilation will assist with maintaining a dry environment.
Eliminating moisture in the endoscope storage cabinet is vital for proper infection control and
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