Medivators DEFENDO® Sterile Single Use Valves help prevent potential patient safety risks and eliminate the need for manual cleaning and reprocessing. Packaged sterile, Defendo® valves easily incorporate into your infection prevention policy as a single-patient use item.
Endoscope valves are vital, sophisticated devices that require regular meticulous cleaning procedures. There are over 30 steps to proper manual cleaning and reprocessing of biopsy, air/water and suction valves, which can make the cleaning process difficult, if not impossible.
Healthcare-related infections from endoscopy continue to occur, for two reasons: 1) Failure to adhere to current disinfection guidelines and 2) Because of the complex design of endoscopes, which includes “springs and valves” as part of the endoscope that complicate adequate disinfection.¹
Source¹: Kelly M. Pyrek, "Nooks and Crannies: The Breeding Grounds for Bacteria," Infection Control Today, (Junes 2002)