Sterility and safety of endoscopes continues to be a problem. New requirements for flexible endoscope reprocessing are increasingly complex and result in an increased burden that can be especially overwhelming for private practices that may not have the space, resources or scopes of larger facilities.
Affiliated Urologists, an award-winning practice of six urologists in Phoenix, Arizona, has found their safe place with PrimeSight™ Cystoscopy, an innovative system that uses the EndoSheath® Protective Barrier. In this video, Dr. Ali Borhan and the staff of Affiliated Urologists discuss how this product, which is included in the 2015 AAMI/ANSI guideline, has guided their efforts in efficiently providing a sterile cystoscopy solution to their patients.
For Affiliated Urologists, an efficient process wasn’t only the only concern. They also wanted to minimize employee exposure to harmful chemicals. “Like any other office, there are a lot of people going through different phases of life,” said Dr. Borhan. “Some of them are going through their pregnancy … That’s the last thing we wanted, to have them exposed to those chemicals. That was a real consideration for us.”
Affiliated Urologists has used PrimeSight Cystoscopy since 2014. The sterile, single-use EndoSheath barrier covers the PrimeSight cystoscope and completely isolates it from patient contact. Because the cystoscope doesn’t come in contact with the patient, there is no need for high level disinfection between procedures. After removing the used EndoSheath, the cystoscope receives a quick rinse and a rapid wipe-down routine involving enzymatic cleaner and 70% ethyl/isopropyl alcohol. Then, the scope is ready for a new EndoSheath barrier. The process takes just three steps and about five minutes compared with the lengthy steps and time required with conventional reprocessing.