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Decontamination Alert - August 2013

Choice Framework for local Policy and Procedures 01-06: Decontamination of flexible endoscopes details that manufacturer's instructions must be followed at all times when using an Endoscope Washer Disinfector (EWD), and selecting chemicals for use.

All units are asked to check that the chemicals (detergents and disinfectants) used in their EWDs are those tested by the machine manufacturer at the type-test stage with supporting evidence of efficacy. Under no circumstances should a chemical (i.e. disinfectant) be used that was not included in the type test data for that machine, this supports the need to follow manufacturer's instructions, as non-type tested chemicals may damage the internal mechanics of the EWD, therefore a possible risk to patients may occur.

If you are unsure which chemicals are recommended in your EWD please speak to your manufacturer requesting information specifically on 'type tested' chemicals.

Dr Helen Griffiths

Nurse Consultant Gastroenterology

Decontamination representative BSG Endoscopy Committee

On behalf of the Professional Expert Communications Forum: Decontamination of Medical Devices.