Manual Cleaning

Manual cleaning is essential in removing bio burden and preparing the endoscope for high-level disinfection. For optimal results, our manual cleaning products and detergents are designed to be a critical first step to efficiently and effectively reduce the bacterial load on endoscopes prior to reprocessing.

All types of endoscopes must be carefully cleaned before being placed in an endoscope reprocessor (EWD/AER). The manual cleaning consists of the following steps:

  • The 'Bedside Cleaning' starts immediately after the endoscopy procedure and before the endoscope is disconnected from the processor.
  • With OLYMPUS® endoscopes, the air/water channel should be flushed with the cleaning adapter.
  • Then a leak test, using a leak tester must follow. This determines if the endoscope is not damaged. This step must be performed before other forms of cleaning are used.
  • The endoscope should be completely submerged in a cleaning detergent.

CANTEL produces a complete product portfolio, which can be used for pre-cleaning and manual cleaning

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