Following Peracetic sterilization in a Steris 1, how long can an endoscope remain in it's container after removing it from Steris, without removing the lid. To follow cases may or may not use it, so the scope can sometimes remain in the container until end of day. I just got info. at a seminar this weekend that 2 hours should be the turnaround time before reprossesing it again. Any comments?
Jun 5, '09
Our policies say that our scopes are good for 4 hours. Not sure what it is at other places.
Jun 13, '09
best thing to do would be to ask Steris
Jun 21, '09
I have heard that as long as the top is left on, it's "good" for 24 hours. This is the policy that my OR follows. I believe the Infection Control docs did a study indicating that. Whether that's Steris' policy or not, I don't know. However, we ended up simply gas sterlizing them for tracking purposes instead, so it's only done if there are absolutely no sterilized cameras up.
Sep 1, '10
Call Steris or a find out what your infection control protocol is.
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