A pneumonia of unknown cause detected in Wuhan, China was first reported to the WHO Country Office in China on 31 December 2019. That is less than 3 months ago as I draft this. This new corona virus was only given a name on February 11th 2020.
Now many people across the world are working from home where possible, avoiding close contact with others and living in isolation because of this virus that until a few months ago was unheard of.
Hygiene (infection control) means being able to identify and demonstrate risks, thus preventing damage to patients and personnel.
While there are several recommendations for reprocessing flexible endoscope, these do not guarantee effective and safe reprocessing on a universal scale. These recommendations have been issued by specialist societies, state institutions or expert groups with different vested interests and they are of variable practical relevance and have different objectives.
The focus of this study is to investigate different process challenge devices (PCDs) for narrow lumens used within a small steam steriliser.
The point of a PCD or medical product simulator (MPS) is to find out whether a product, in this case a steriliser, works as required or not.
The goal of this study is to identify the weak points within the PCDs which are currently available on the European market.