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Solutions to improve hygiene standards: Medical professionals’ perspectives


Improving hygiene standards is important to patient safety. What better way to learn more about considerations for improving hygiene standards, than from first hand experiences from medical professionals.


The University of Nantes Reprocessing Centre of Flexible Endoscopes in France, reprocesses more than 120 flexible endoscopes each day and performs approximately 220 microbiological samples per year. We asked Prof. Didier Lepelletier, Professor and Head of the Hygiene Department, and Madame Bodet, Chief Nurse at the University Hospital of Nantes, about their experience with the PlasmaTYPHOON and PlasmaBAG system. Research shows that to create and maintain an endoscopes’ disinfected status, complete drying is an absolute necessity. Flexible endoscopes should be completely dried after completion of the cleaning and disinfection process. If the endoscope is not to be reused immediately and is to be stored, the endoscope channels and outer surfaces should be dried thoroughly, in order to avoid exponential microbial growth. The University of Nantes has been using the innovative PlasmaTYPHOON and PlasmaBAG system since the end of 2015. Prof. Lepelletier and Madame Bodet shared their experience with the system, and how it has improved their hygiene standards. Read the full interview below:


Why did you change from drying and storage cabinets to the PlasmaTYPHOON and PlasmaBAG system? Prof Lepelletier: First and foremost for drying, for quality reasons to disinfect and dry the endoscopes and for the ergonomics of our healthcare staff. As well as for storage. Since we are situated


away from the centres using the endoscopes, we use the PlasmaBAG for storing the endoscopes outside of our centre.


Was it challenging to make the change to a new drying and storage process? Madam Bodet: The transition to the PlasmaTYPHOON and PlasmaBAG system went very smoothly because the system is easy to use after a short training period.


How does the PlasmaTYPHOON and PlasmaBAG system contribute to improving hygiene standards and processes at the hospital? Madam Bodet: The PlasmaTYPHOON helps us to achieve very efficient drying and we are aware that the drying process is crucial to keep an endoscope from being re-infected. The microbiological safety of our endoscopes was improved thanks


to the PlasmaTYPHOON drying system. The PlasmaBAG guarantees an aseptic environment for the endoscope. This means we can avoid recontamination in the next seven days.


What are the main benefits of using the PlasmaTYPHOON and PlasmaBAG? Madam Bodet: The PlasmaTYPHOON offers us guaranteed perfect drying. This is actually being verified at a microbiological level. Another advantage of the PlasmaBAG is the option, for example within the CPR department or ICU, to make endoscopes readily available in the PlasmaBAG as close to the intervention as possible.


Prof Lepelletier: We noticed an improvement in the quality of our samples with a 40% conformity in 2013 compared to 84% in 2019.


How do you ensure the external surfaces of the endoscope are also completely dried? Madam Bodet: At the Centre, the outside of the endoscope is dried using lint-free cloths. While the medical air gun is used to thoroughly dry the grooves of the endoscope


As a conclusion to the interview, Professor Lepelletier shared his feedback supported by his team regarding this innovative solution: “We are happy with the PlasmaTYPHOON and PlasmaBAG system. Both in terms of drying, as it improves staff working conditions, and by greatly reducing biofilm formation. Also in terms of storage, as more


endoscopes can be stored so you can focus on other steps of endoscope management”. Some of the greatest takeaways from


the professionals’ testimonials were that the PlasmaTYPHOON and PlasmaBAG systems helps to reduce costs, improve efficiency of processes and staff ergonomics. By improving processes, this enables greater focus to be shifted towards the patient, rather than reprocessing. But most importantly, the system contributes to improve hygiene and infection prevention. To learn more about the PlasmaTYPHOON


and PlasmaBAG system, go to www.the-hygiene- solution-that-fits.com. Here you can also read the white paper on Safe drying and storage of flexible endoscopes through a new innovative technology, find information on the PENTAX Medical hygiene commitment and on further products which improve patient safety and support infection prevention.


PENTAX Medical Phone: +49 40-56-192-0 Email: info.emea@pentaxmedical.com Web: www.pentaxmedical.com/emea and www.the-hygiene-solution-that-fits.com


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