Endoscope Repair

The endoscope is a fragile instrument and should be handled carefully to avoid possible damage but if damage does occur we do provide endoscope repair. The optical system may be rendered inoperable if the endoscope is dropped. It should be handled by holding the proximal end (eye piece); never the distal end to avoid the possibility of bending shaft.

Since the endoscope is a reusable instrument, it must be cleaned and sterilized prior to each use.
General instructions for cleaning endoscopes:
1. Clean and dry in accordance with instructions below
2. Screw the correct light guide adapter onto the light post (the endoscope is provided with three standard connections—ACMI, WOLF, STORZ).
3. Avoid contact of the objective lens with any other instrumentation
4. Do not bend or flex the endoscope
5. Do not drop or strike against a hard surface
6. Always handle the endoscope by grasping the eyepiece or body part
7. Sterilize the endoscope (The sterilization or disinfecting mediums must make contact with all instrument surfaces).
• Chemical (Solution) Disinfecting: Rigid endoscope may be sterilized or disinfected using ETO, Sterrad®, Steris™
1) Thoroughly clean the endoscope regarding the general cleaning procedure
2) Avoid contact with other instruments to protect the lenses from being scratched
3) Surfactant or acidic pH-type solutions are not recommended
4) When using Steris™ the fibers at the light post and distal end should be thoroughly wiped down with isopropyl alcohol after sterilization
5) Do not allow the endoscope to exceed 30 consecutive minutes in any solution, including sterile water
6) Use the solution according to the manufacturer’s instructions
7) Rinse the endoscope with sterile water
8) Dry with a sterile soft cloth
• Steam (Autoclave) Sterilization:
1) Thoroughly clean the endoscope using the general cleaning procedure
2) Avoid contact with other instruments to protect the lenses from being scratched
3) We recommend 134°C (273°F) for a minimum 5 minutes pre-vacuum cycle
4) Do not perform additional cooling on the endoscope after sterilization. Sudden temperature changes may cause damaged optics.
5) Inspect the endoscope after each autoclave cycle for damages
Always follow your manufacturer’s maintenance instructions for your specific model.

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