YIKES! Is It Time For A New Repair Company?



If Your Distal Tips Look Like This,
It’s Time To Fire Your Repair Company   

 Incorrectly sealed lens assembly and c-cover

Recessed lenses like those in the above picture create a crevice in which body protein matter collects, making it extremely difficult to adequately clean and disinfect.  On this instrument you can actually see the matter collected around the light guide lenses and objective lens.

Correctly Sealed Lens Assembly and C-Cover 

Lenses that are raised slightly above the surface of the c-cover, as shown here, allow for a proper seal and eliminates cleaning and disinfection issues.This slight elevation of the lens assemblies also allows the air water nozzle to properly clear the objective lens during procedures.  

Correct C-Cover

Lens and C-Cover Replacement Performed by MER

With cross contamination from flexible endoscopes holding the number 3 position of risk on the ECRI Institute’s 2011 Top 10 Health Technology Hazards List, the Technical Team at MER encourages you to regularly  view your scopes with a 10x magnification as part of your disinfection protocol.  If you see something that looks like the top picture or the one down below, it’s time to fire your current repair company and call Matlock Endoscopic.


Cross contamination issues on distal tip


Other things to look for while conducting a visual inspection with magnification include:

  • Peeling or chipping glue on glue bands
  • Set screw holes on distal tip that are not filled 
  • Area under the elevator on ERCP scopes
  • Improperly sealed air water nozzle