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sought. As a rule of thumb, any liquid seen in or on a load at the end of a cycle, aborted or completed, must be assumed to be liquid hydrogen peroxide. This explains the precaution to wear personal protective equipment, such as gloves, when unloading the steriliser. Finally, where is water hiding? Water can be trapped in constricted spaces. Light cables may remain damp; the coupler of robotic arms can hold water droplets. Lumened devices such as cannulas, trocars or the channels of flexible endoscopes may also hold residual water. Tamping devices with sterile pads or


forcing dry air through devices are common drying techniques for devices undergoing a manual cleaning process, but practices do vary a lot. A short blast of air may not be enough; drying an endoscope channel may require drying for at least a few minutes. Do take the time to seek, obtain and review the device manufacturer’s drying procedure instructions and implement it carefully.


Inspect, assemble and pack Next, devices are inspected for cleanliness and functionality and prepared to be subsequently packaged. All non-conforming devices, e.g. that are dirty, should be rejected, and returned to the wash area. Devices that don’t pass the functionality tests


Figure 3 – Erupted scopes


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