Johnson Memorial Health Services (JMHS) upgraded the endoscopy scope cleaner in their Surgical Suite to the newly released Olympus OER-Elite. During installation it was discovered that the new scope cleaning unit was the first one installed in Minnesota.
The Olympus OER-Elite providers easier loading and unloading of the sterilant which decreases hazardous material exposure to staff and also provides automatic decontamination of the scope cleaner unit. It can also process two scopes at the same time, eliminates the need for a separate machine to pre-clean scopes, and completes the process in half the time.
One of the deciding factors was that the OER-Elite scope cleaner provides another layer of quality assurance. The device automatically documents when high-level disinfection has been met and after the unit has been cleaned. This extra layer of documentation reassures staff that the scopes have been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected between each case.