Having access to a sterile bronchoscope in all circumstances reduces the risk of cross-contamination for patients and generates savings associated with any treatment and care.
The risk of cross-contamination related to inadequate disinfection of a reusable endoscope during cleaning, rinsing, leak testing or drying phases is well documented in the literature.(6) The design of the devices makes reprocessing complicated and expensive. In fact, following disinfection, a biofilm can still form, particularly when the device has difficult-to-detect micro-cracks.(6) (7)