Advanced Sterilization Products (ASP) has reported that the newly published data showed that the Evotech Endoscope Cleaner and Reprocessor (ECR) provides an automated approach superior to the manual cleaning of flexible endoscopes required when using traditional automated endoscopic reprocessors (AERs).

The data further supported that the Evotech ECR eliminates manual cleaning while providing high-level disinfection, as healthcare facilities transition to alternative systems for high-level disinfection.

The Evotech ECR is the commercially available endoscope reprocessor to eliminate manual cleaning when a cycle containing a wash stage is selected.

Marc Bellotti, worldwide vice president of R&D at ASP, said: “The study conducted by an independent researcher confirming the efficacy of the Evotech ECR automated technology both validates and reaffirms ASP’s commitment to designing innovative infection prevention solutions.

“ASP will continue to partner with industry associations and key opinion leaders to ensure all healthcare facilities understand the benefits offered by this new and more automated technology.”

Dr Alfa, study principal investigator and lead author, said: “There have been a number of highly publicized endoscope cleaning incidents in both the USA and Canada that underscore the importance of improving the cleaning process for flexible endoscopes.

“While the Evotech ECR technology is new, our recent in-use study evaluating the cleaning efficacy of the highly automated Evotech ECR shows great promise as this system provided cleaning that was superior to manual cleaning for flexible endoscopes.

“Improved cleaning using a validated automated system is an important step in ensuring reliable reprocessing of flexible endoscopes and thereby reducing risk for patients.”