IRVINE, Calif., July 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Advanced Sterilization Products (ASP) announced today newly published data showing the ASP EVOTECH® Endoscope Cleaner and Reprocessor (ECR) provides an automated approach superior to the manual cleaning required when using traditional AERs. Published in the July issue of Biomed Central, the combination clinical-use and simulated-use study was led by Michelle Alfa, Ph.D., FCCM, Medical Director, Microbiology Discipline Diagnostic Services of Manitoba (DSM) St. Boniface General Hospital Site.
"There have been a number of highly publicized endoscope cleaning incidents in both the USA and Canada that underscore the importance of improving the cleaning process for flexible endoscopes," said Dr. Alfa, study principal investigator and lead author. "While the EVOTECH® ECR technology is new, our recent in-use study evaluating the cleaning efficacy of the highly automated EVOTECH® ECR shows great promise as this system provided cleaning that was superior to manual cleaning for flexible endoscopes. Improved cleaning using a validated automated system is an important step in ensuring reliable reprocessing of flexible endoscopes and thereby reducing risk for patients."
As healthcare facilities transition to alternative systems for high-level disinfection, this data further supports that the EVOTECH® ECR eliminates manual cleaning while providing high-level disinfection.
In the United States each year, approximately 34 million gastrointestinal procedures alone are performed using flexible endoscopes.(1) Numerous studies of manual reprocessing indicate widespread difficulty in achieving endoscope manu