Background: This study evaluated 3 potential indicators of gastrointestinal endoscope cleanliness: adenosine triphosphate (ATP), microbiological load, and protein. Methods: Before and after cleaning, ATP and microbiological load were determined from swabs of exterior surfaces and rinses of interior suction/accessory channels. Similarly, before and after cleaning, residual protein was determined from rinses of interior suction/accessory channels. Results: Before cleaning, ATP values were 10,417 relative light units (RLU) from the exterior endoscope surface and 30,281 RLU from the suction/accessory channel rinsates. After cleaning, these ATP values were decreased to 82 RLUs and 104 RLUs, a statistically significant difference. A similar trend was observed with microbiological load, but the change in residual protein from before cleaning to after cleaning was not significant. ATP values reliably reflected microbiological colony counts. Conclusions: ATP measurement can provide a reliable, rapid and practical assessment of endoscope cleanliness for routine monitoring in the clinical setting.
- Flexible gastrointestinal endoscope
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Health Policy
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
- Infectious Diseases