Advice on cleaning and disinfection

The reprocessing and care of medical devices exerts substantial effects on their service life.

The following advice is intended to complement the detailed reprocessing information provided in the product-related instruction manuals.

Use of cleaning agents and disinfectants
Richard Wolf recommends only using products which we have tested for material compatibility. If you use other cleaning agents or disinfectants, the material compatibility of the reprocessing agent with our endoscopes should be confirmed by the manufacturer.

Approved chemicals for reprocessing
The material compatibility of the following chemicals has been approved by Richard Wolf for reprocessing of rigid endoscopes, flexible endoscopes (fiberscopes), and instruments.
The material compatibility with Richard Wolf products only relates to use of the specific reprocessing chemicals listed below. Any potential interactions with other products cannot be taken into account due to the large number of chemicals on the market. The manufacturer's instructions on exposure time, concentration and application must be followed. It is also important to ensure that no residues are left on the instruments.

Determining the concentration of solutions
Damage to surfaces made of medical steel, stainless steel, etc. may be caused by highly concentrated solutions and this might substantially reduce the service life of the instruments. This is also responsible for increasing the costs of cleaning agents and disinfectants.

Specified immersion times
You must observe the specified immersion times for cleaning agents and disinfectants which must not be exceeded under any circumstances.

Switching between manual and machine reprocessing

Frequent changes between reprocessing procedures impacts negatively on materials and should be avoided. If you change between manual and machine reprocessing you should ensure that the reprocessing agents used are compatible.

Recommendations on the reprocessing of instruments in hospitals are summarized by the AKI (Instrument Reprocessing Working Group) in the brochure "Instrument Reprocessing – Reprocessing of Instruments to Retain Value".