Everything is networked together,
allowing staff to easily determine
when the scope was washed and
when it was dried. Robust tracking
allows technicians to take a look
at the system and know where
everything sits in the process.
To learn more, Surgical Products
interviewed Darren Dahlin, marketing
manager with Cantel's medical
What can you tell us about the
ADVANTAGE PLUS Pass-Thru
This is the first pass-thru Automated
Endoscope Reprocessor, or AER,
on the U.S. market. Up until now,
there have been single or dual
basin, single-sided machines. The
Pass-Thru AER brings a new level of
technology and infection prevention
to the space.
In the past, rooms were square,
machines were all around the edges,
and the inside of the room was a
cluster of foot traffic. Now we’ve
divided that room into a clean side
and a dirty side. It’s never happened
in the U.S.
This is directly applicable to the
endo-suite. It’s also applicable to
the OR and the SPD reprocessing
areas, because it’s the way the
workflow’s always worked in SPD.
It’s always been a clean and a
dirty and separation with sterile
processing. Now we're moving that
technology to endoscopy.
We know reprocessing of flexible
endoscopes is number two on the
ECRI data for the dangerous things
to watch out for in hospitals right
now. Number one is IT, data security.
Number two is reprocessing of
The significant part of this is taking
some of the human element out to
assure that our scopes are being
reprocessed correctly by separating
the clean from dirty.
What is the process like?
The first thing a user or technician
would see is a complete separation
of rooms. The scope goes in the
machine on one side, and it comes
out the other side of the machine in
an adjacent room as a clean scope.
It's a hard wall separation between
these two areas.
On one side you have a sink where
you wash the endoscope, and you leak
test your manual washing. The device
is put into the Pass-Thru automated
endoscope reprocessor. In there,
it gets cleaned, and a clean scope
comes out on the other side of the
wall. Now it can be put into a dryer to
be dried for the next patient.
Most importantly, the ADVANTAGE
PLUS delivers a hard wall of
separation between these two rooms
to help ensure there’s no cross-contamination.
How does the ADVANTAGE PLUS
Pass-Thru address some of the
particular concerns around getting
scopes properly cleaned?
An endoscope is a very
technologically complex device. And
it’s a challenge to get these cleaned
day after day. The chemistry is
second to none, the processes we’re
implementing are second to none,
and this device is the same — it helps
facilities reduce time and increase
effectiveness to get these scopes
A lot of facilities are reprocessing
30, 40, 50 scopes a day, and that’s a
lot of repetitive work. And the repetitive
work is where you’re most apt to make
mistakes. Generally speaking, these
folks get tired, the work is hard, and
it's a hot environment, often creating
a less desirable environment to work
in. We recognize that, so we’re trying
to make this process as simple for
them as possible. And we want it be
a simple process across the board,
where we can track the endoscopes
and we can verify they’re getting clean.
It’s one thing to get an endoscope
clean. We then need to keep it clean
and dry for the next patient. We’re
the only company in this country
and worldwide that covers that full
gamut of infection prevention within
endoscopy, from patient to patient.
Some people dabble in different
sections of it. But Cantel's medical
division is the only company that offers
a solution for every scope, every step
of the way.
What other support do you provide
to healthcare facilities?
We also offer CE-accredited
educational programs for our facilities
to ensure that everybody’s on the
same page. It’s one thing to educate
a tech on how to scrub a scope. It’s
another thing to let them believe in why
they’re doing it and why it’s important,
where this falls in the grander scheme
of reprocessing, patient safety, and
And it’s not just the scope tech. It’s
the endo-manager, it’s the infection
preventionist, it’s purchasing, it's the
biomed in the facilities. Everybody
needs to understand the importance
of quality endoscope reprocessing
and how to support it properly.
How was this all-encompassing
We built the pass-thru machine
using our previous tried and true,
market-leading technologies from
our ADVANTAGE PLUS AER. We
brought that over and we’ve created
this hard wall separation, so it’s just
an extension of what’s been going
on. This technology’s been in use in
Europe for years. It just hasn’t been
brought to the U.S. yet.
We’re the first company to drive this
market adoption here.
It's the next step, the next evolution.
The current safety guidelines are
bare minimum practice, and the
ADVANTAGE PLUS Pass-Thru
represents best practice.
Since this is built on technology
that users should find at least
somewhat familiar, are you finding
the adoption of the new system is
Yes, especially if they’re using some
of our current technology. We built it
out with that in mind.