Technology Background: Automated Endoscope Reprocessors (AERs)

August 2, 2017 | Evaluations & Guidance


​Here's background on automated endoscope reprocessors (AERs), explaining the key considerations for making wise purchasing decisions. Learn how the technology is used, which specs are important, and more.

AERs are used to disinfect or sterilize endoscopes between patients undergoing minimally invasive procedures. Because endoscopes are used repeatedly during the course of a day, and inventories are limited due to the high cost of these instruments, there is a demand for quick reprocessing between procedures. This, coupled with the number of complicated steps involved, has led most facilities to adopt AERs rather than rely on manual reprocessing. However, even when AERs are used, there are still some reprocessing steps that are typically performed manually.

Used effectively, AERs can correctly and consistently reprocess flexible endoscopes to prevent pathogens from cross-contaminating patients and to ensure that patients are not exposed to toxic chemical residues from the endoscope decontamination process.

The use of an AER offers several advantages over manual reprocessing. AERs can:

  1. Reduce the likelihood that a crucial reprocessing...

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