In October, ARC attended the CAMDR 2014 Conference where Dr. Michelle Alfa, (Professor at the University of Manitoba and Principal Investigator at the St. Boniface Research Centre) spoke about Medical Device Reprocessing, and specifically how we can 'ban the biofilm'. In her presentation, Dr. Alfa emphasizes the importance of the cleaning stage for preventing the buildup of fixed materials on instruments. In order to improve channel cleaning, she recommends automating and verifying the cleaning cycle as well as dry storage for flexible endoscopes. To find out more about how bacterial transmission through flexible endoscopes can be prevented, read the presentation handout below.
If you're interested in viewing handouts for the other conference presentations, click here to visit the CAMDR website.