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DEFENDO™ Sterile Single Use Valves

DEFENDO™ Sterile Single Use Valves help prevent potential patient safety risks and eliminate the need for manual cleaning and reprocessing. Packaged sterile, DEFENDO™ valves easily incorporate into your infection prevention policy as a single-patient use item.

Endoscope valves are vital, sophisticated devices that require regular meticulous cleaning procedures. There are over 30 steps to proper manual cleaning and reprocessing of biopsy, air/water and suction valves, which can make the cleaning process difficult, if not impossible.

The DEFENDO™ Single Use Cleaning Adapter for OLYMPUS® endoscopes is used after the procedure to flush the air/water channel.This is done to prevent biofilm formation. And is seen as one of the most important steps in cleaning and disinfecting an endoscope.

Healthcare-related infections from endoscopy continue to occur for two reasons:
  • Failure to adhere to current disinfection guidelines
  • Because of the complex design of endoscopes, which includes “springs and valves” as part of the endoscope that complicate adequate disinfection.1,2,3
Features of DEFENDO™ Valves
  • Eliminate manual cleaning and reprocessing of reusable valves
  • Help create consistent practices
  • Reduce the potential for errors
  • Available for OLYMPUS® Endoscopes, FUJIFILM™ series 500/600 and PENTAX® 90 Series GI Endoscopes
  • NEW – Specific DEFENDO™ Single Use Cleaning Adapter for Olympus® GI Endoscopes
A History of Innovation

In 2010, CANTEL became the first company to offer single-use endoscope valves. We now manufacture over 9 million DEFENDO Valves every year. We continue to innovate, bringing our customers the infection prevention resources needed to protect their patients and staff.

  • Our research and development team is continually working to better understand all the available valve options on the market, but also to create valves that offer solutions to unmet clinical needs.
  • Our verification testing includes multiple tests for force and suction to help create valves that don’t exhibit some of the common issues with reusable and other single-use valves: clogging, sticking and loss of insufflation

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