Double Filtration System
The endoscope channels are regularly purged with 0.2µ sterile air, whilst the exterior surfaces of the endoscope receive a continual feed of HEPA filtered air which constantly flushes the interior of the cabinet and maintains it under positive pressure. These conditions inhibit the growth of such micro-organisms as Pseudomonas sp. and Acineterbacter sp., so that endoscopes can be stored for up to 72 hours. The internal fan and compressor are included, thus removing the need to connect to site air supplies. As a further protection against cross-contamination, the Scope-Store + cabinet is finished with LTE’s ‘Sterling’ Antibacterial epoxy powder coating both inside and outside.
The Scope-Store + has an easy-to-use touchscreen control system. The menu-based interface allows details of each user and endoscope to be recorded easily, with relevant data being clearly displayed.
The identity of the scope and its location in the cabinet must be recorded on the touchscreen before purging can begin. When the endoscope is removed, the scope is logged out via the touchscreen. This procedure allows the endoscope to be fully traceable. Alternatively endoscopes can be scanned in and out of the cabinet using our barcode reader option.
Security, Monitoring and Traceability
Controlled access is one of the many features of the Scope-Store +. A door interlock prevents anyone without a relevant PIN from gaining access to the cabinet. Each entry and exit of the endoscope is recorded and attributed to the relevant user. The elapsed storage time of each endoscope is constantly displayed as a simple bar graph on the touchscreen. As each endoscope approaches its maximum storage period the relevant bar graph will change colour, thus alerting staff to the condition. After 72 hours the bar graph turns red and the cabinet will highlight an alarm. The airflow through each scope is constantly monitored. The monitoring system provides the clinician with a full picture of each endoscope’s storage cycle. All data is recorded on a printer as standard and, optionally, can be stored on an internal archive or external PC via an independent monitoring system.
Endoscopes stored in the open normally have to be re-processed after only 3 hours (BSG guidelines). Thus the ability to store endoscopes for up to 72 hours in the Scope-Store + will greatly improve efficiency and reduce reprocessing costs.
Scope-Store+ has undergone extensive independent operational and microbial tests to ensure that it meets the operational and safety requirements of the modern endoscopy department. Test results are available on request.