Reprocessing delays may be encountered after performing emergency procedures at night or over the weekend, with the endoscope requiring proper reprocessing by regular staff on the next working day. Delays may also occur in busy departments, with treatments being longer then expected.
In the rush to start the next procedure, pre-cleaning is often cut short or the endoscope is simply set aside until after. Pre-cleaning doesn’t take long, but is essential in the cleaning process. Pre-cleaning must always be performed, according to manufacturer’s instructions.