Cleaning, Disinfection, & Sterilization

Just as important as the proper use of Olympus equipment, is the proper cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization of our products. Here, you will find pertinent information related to controlling or preventing infection with Olympus products. Additionally, we provide educational videos and safety information relating to reprocessing our endoscopes.

Our goal is to keep you educated and informed on how you can provide optimal infection control and prevention in your facility.

Cleaning, Disinfection, & Sterilization

Cleaning: "This is the first and most important step in removing the microbial burden from an endoscope. Retained debris may inactivate or interfere with the capability of the chemical solution to effectively kill and/or inactivate microorganisms."—Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates, Inc. (SGNA)

Disinfection: High Level Disinfection (HLD). A process that results in the killing of all vegetative bacteria, viruses, fungi, and mycobacteria, but not necessarily all bacterial spores. The Spaulding Classification identifies HLD as the standard for medical devices that touch mucous membranes, such as endoscopes."—Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC)

Sterilization: "A process that results in the complete elimination or destruction or all forms of microbial life. The Spaulding Classification identifies sterilization for medical devices that enter the vascular system or sterile tissue, such as biopsy forceps."—Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC)