Cleaning a GI Scope
The most important step in the decontamination of an endoscope is scrupulous manual cleaning prior to disinfection. The PULL THRU™ Cleaning Brush is designed to significantly reduce the time required to manually clean endoscope channels and to improve the overall efficacy of the manual cleaning process.
- Read the manufacturer’s instructions for your scope to ensure you identify the correct channel internal diameters.
- Always check the fit of the PULL THRU™ Cleaning Brush in the distal end prior to use to ensure the correct brush has been selected.
- Avoid contamination. Prior to starting cleaning, identify the brushes you will need for your scope. Put on new gloves and then lay out each brush required (PULL THRU™, MINI PULL THRU™ etc) on the bench before starting to clean the scope to avoid cross contamination.
- If you have trouble inserting the PULL THRU™ Cleaning Brush into a channel, consider reversing the direction you are cleaning from i.e. from light block to handle. This will not affect the efficacy of the cleaning process.
- If you have accidentally used the wrong brush for your channel do not try and pull it out. Doing so may damage the scope and cause expensive repairs.
- The PULL THRU™ Cleaning Brush products clean best when submerged in a detergent bath (always wet the wipers prior to insertion in a channel) – watch the video on the home page for a demonstration.
- The PULL THRU™ Cleaning Brush products are designed to clean in a single pass. You should follow your inhouse procedures when determining the number of passes to make through each channel.
- Always brush until the channels are clean. Check for excessive soil on the wipers when the PULL THRU™ Cleaning Brush exits the distal end or port.