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It is essential to use properly sterilized equipment to prevent post-endoscopy infection. The two practical options are gas sterilization (e.g. ethylene oxide or hydrogen peroxide) or cold sterilization (e.g. 2% glutaraldehyde solution). Endoscope equipment should not be soaked in any solution for more than 30 minutes, and always follow the endoscopy manufacturer’s recommendations. Many modern scopes are autoclavable but it is essential that only autoclave-safe endoscopes are heat-pressure sterilized otherwise irreversible damage will occur.
Gas sterilized equipment opened and ready for use.
Dedicated plastic sterilization tray help prevent damage to valuable endoscopes and instruments.
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