Duodenoscopes should be subjected to high-level disinfection following manual cleaning after each use. When possible and practical, duodenoscopes should be sterilized due to the greater margin of safety provided by sterilization.”
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Andersen is proud to offer terminal sterilization solutions to many industries. All are competitively priced, easy to use and offer unparalleled versatility.
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Disrupt the industry, hold your practice to a higher standard and start each day with sterile scopes. Andersen currently holds the only sterilization system FDA 510k clearance for terminal sterilization of duodenoscopes and colonoscopes.
According to the CDC, more healthcare-associated outbreaks have been linked to flexible endoscopes than to any other type of medical device. Don't be part of the statistics. As a Gastroenterologist, you need an FDA-cleared, low temperature gas sterilizer that's easy to use and install.
All Andersen sterilizers offer terminal sterility (10-6 SAL), giving you the competitive advantage over practices that only use HLD.
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Several of our sterilizers are FDA cleared for medical settings. We have 18 clearances covering everything from the sterilization of the longest and narrowest duodenoscope to rubber, plastic and cellulose.
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Superbugs endanger your patients, staff and the long term stability of your facility. You need an FDA-cleared terminal sterilization solution. With incidents on the rise, sterility is no longer a luxury but, rather, a simple necessity.
When you think about staff time management, don’t just consider cycle time, also consider capacity. Instead of running all day, staff can run one cycle overnight.
High volume, small footprint. Compared to others, our chambers are big and our cabinets are small so you can sterilize more without taking up so much counter or floor space.
We are proud to offer abators that employ a dry catalyst resin. The resin converts ethylene oxide to biodegradable organic compounds. This is in contrast to catalytic abators that burn off EO and can be expensive to install.
Low acquisition and per cycle cost. Easy and inexpensive installation - no external air compressors or water lines. Many see full ROI in a few months or even a few weeks.
Why Ethylene Oxide (EO/EtO) Sterilization?
Ethylene oxide is the gold standard in sterilization. It offers hospital-level sterility assurance (10⁻⁶) along with
unparalleled gentleness and material compatibility.
More healthcare–associated outbreaks have been linked to contaminated endoscopes than to any other medical device.
To prevent the spread of health-care–associated infections, all heat-sensitive endoscopes must be properly cleaned and, at a minimum, subjected to high-level disinfection after each use.
High-level disinfection can be expected to destroy all microorganisms, although when high numbers of bacterial spores are present, a few spores might survive.”
In this review, 6 of 17 studies implemented EtO sterilization as an intervention during infectious outbreaks; in at least 3 and possibly 6 studies this intervention yielded an absence of culture positivity from duodenoscopes at all sites, thereby stopping the outbreaks.
Similar data exist for EtO sterilization ceasing outbreaks attributed to bronchoscopes.
Therefore, the implementation of EtO sterilization appears to be an effective tool for terminating carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae and multidrug-resistant organism outbreaks associated with duodenoscopes.”
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