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"We have observed widespread non-adherence to minimum standards for HLD use and MEC  testing at many sites.  In one study, steps were skipped or done incorrectly for 99% of the endoscopes, and substandard high-level disinfection practices were among the errors made."

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In their ground-breaking research study published recently in the American Journal of Infection Control, Ofstead & Associates used diverse data sources including literature review, interviews with frontline personnel, retrospective review of data from audits and site visits, and a survey of sterile processing technicians and managers to expose challenges with current endoscope reprocessing practices1. 

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C.L. Ofstead et al. / American Journal of Infection Control.

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Challenges in Achieving Effective High-Level Disinfection in Endoscope Reprocessing

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1) C.L. Ofstead et al. / American Journal of Infection Control (2019) 1−7, Accessed 12/12/2019 www.ajicjournal.org/article/S0196-6553(19)30849-1/fulltext

2) Minimum Effective Concentration (MEC). Measurement of the Minimum Effective Concentration level of the active ingredient in the biocide. Minimum Recommended Concentration (MRC). Measurement of the Minimum Recommended Concentration level of the active ingredient in the biocide.  MEC and MRC are sometimes used interchangeably.

3) With AUTOSURE™ MRC Monitor may enhance compliance to ASP AERO-OPA™ and ASP AEROFLEX™ AER instructions for use (IFU), professional society guidelines for endoscope reprocessing, healthcare facility policies and procedures for endoscope reprocessing and government and local environmental regulations for chemical disposal. ASP AEROFLEX™ AER with AUTOSURE™ MRC Monitor may enhance compliance through automated features for HLD minimum recommended concentration (MRC) testing, verified chemistry confirmation, endoscope reprocessing record-keeping and neutralization of ASP AERO-OPA™ before disposal.

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In most automatic endoscope reprocessors, MRC monitoring with test strips can be easily skipped or done incorrectly.  

With the ASP AEROFLEXAutomatic Endoscope Reprocessor (AER), MRC monitoring is automated and accurate for every cycle, reducing the patient risk associated with test strip errors. 

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American Journal of Infection Control

Non-adherence to MRC  testing is widespread & puts patients at risk 

By automating key compliance procedures, ASP can help address many of the factors impacting HLD effectiveness

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