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Romford hospital decontaminates upto 70 endoscopes a day

Lancer UK : 29 May, 2007  (New Product)
As many as 70 endoscopes a day are decontaminated by the clinical diagnostic unit at the new Queen's Hospital Romford using a row of eight Lancer AER chambers built in to separate dirty and clean areas.
The scopes from the unit's four treatment rooms can be processed with minimal delay as each AER chamber can take two endoscopes at a time and, more importantly, every scope has been pre-programmed into every Endoscope reprocessor to offer optimum choice.

Lancer appreciates that automatically recognising the model, type and characteristics of each scope is a vital part of the process.

It ensures the efficacy and integrity of the leak and flow tests required under the new HTM01 (encompassing HTM2030 and EN 15883) and speeds up the whole procedure.

Being a newly built facility at Queen's meant the unit could be designed to accommodate the pass-through washer disinfectors (AERs) and provide barrier separation to meet guidelines.

After the washing and Decontamination process, the support baskets holding the scopes are transferred easily on trolleys to one of four Lancer FD8 drying and aseptic storage cabinets which introduce UV sterilised and HEPA-filtered air around the eight shelves in each cabinet and through the scope channels.

This allows the scopes to be maintained in a decontaminated state for up to seven days and has made an enormous difference to patient throughput.

Being available for immediate use means the unit can start earlier each day, have longer patient lists and a smoother-running weekend on-call.

Hospital staff were pleased with Lancer's on-site support and training and many of the unit's team have also been on training courses at Lancer Academy.
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