The device is said to be clinically proved as a high-level disinfect for commonly used endoscopes such as duodenoscopes.

The AER uses an advanced pass-through design that facilitates one-way workflow and delivers better quality by reducing the risk of human error, distraction and unintended lapses in cleaning protocols.

The hard-wall separation between dirty and clean reprocessing areas will help to avoid recontamination of reprocessed endoscopes, enabling to provide safe and patient-ready endoscopes for every procedure.

An advanced pass-through capability and integrated smart technology of the AER will allow to offer quick and efficient turnover.

With hands-free operation, the disinfection system enables to reprocess four to five in just over one hour.

According to Cantel Medical, the Advantage Plus Pass-Thru AER has been validated for use with Cantel's proprietary Rapicide PA disinfectant.

Cantel endoscopy division president Dave Hemink said: "The FDA clearance of ADVANTAGE PLUS® Pass-Thru AER further expands our rapidly growing endoscopy portfolio and delivers on our commitment to safeguard the world from infections through innovative, market leading technologies.

"As a leader in infection prevention for over 20 years, Cantel is thrilled to announce the availability of this best practice technology in automated endoscope reprocessing to our U.S. customers."

Cantel endoscopy global marketing and business development vice president Bill Haydon said: “We strive to deliver real life infection prevention solutions to address the complexities our customers face in setting up successful endoscopy departments.”

Cantel Medical offers advanced infection prevention and control products and services for patients, caregivers and healthcare providers.

The firm’s product portfolio includes specialized medical device reprocessing systems for endoscopy and renal dialysis, advanced water purification equipment, sterilants, disinfectants and cleaners, sterility assurance monitoring products for hospitals and dental clinics, disposable infection control products for dental and GI endoscopy markets.

Image: Cantel Medical’s Advantage Plus Pass-Thru automated endoscope reprocessor. Photo: courtesy of PRNewsFoto / Cantel Medical Corp.