Supporting reprocessing staff for increased efficiency and ergonomics
Focusing on efficiency, the AquaTYPHOON is designed to offer a solution to limits faced by staff, such as time constraints, heavy workloads, and ergonomic issues. It requires between two and five times less labour time2, which reduces the daily workload for staff and increases productivity. Depending on the endoscope type being used, the device reduces channel pre-cleaning time to just 2-7 minutes.
Daniel Vinteler, CEO of manufacturer PlasmaBiotics, explains: “Thanks to its pending patent technology, the AquaTYPHOON disperses millions of water droplets in the endoscope channels through a compressed air flow at up to 200 kilometres per hour. Such high velocity creates a high shear stress which eliminates the residues from the endoscope channels walls.”
Vinteler pursues: “Moreover, as this new technology replaces the manual brushing of the endoscope channels, wrist injuries are prevented. The reprocessing staff can work more comfortably, in combination with the height adjustable AquaBOX, which prevents splashing of the operator and the surrounding environment or uncomfortable work positions.”
The automated solution has built-in validation and safety features that help preventing human errors. The automated routine, unlike manual pre-cleaning, is always fully in line with the protocol and the full pre-cleaning procedure is documented. The system also offers full traceability and can be connected to hospital networks.
1. In 2018, PENTAX Medical, a division of the HOYA Group, acquired a controlling interest in PlasmaBiotics SAS, to strengthen the hygiene portfolio and the continued focus on reducing cross-contamination risks.
2. Depending on the local guidelines, AquaTYPHOON requires between 2 and 5 times less labour time compared with today’s manual pre-cleaning solutions.