Choosing an AER | Part 6- AER Filters

Each of our "Choosing an AER" articles are going over a number of important topics to consider when buying an AER. Our sixth edition today will focus on the filters that are required to properly maintain and run these technological marvels. Odds are that AER filters are not at the forefront of anyone's mind when shopping for an Automatic Endoscopic Reprocessor. It would be like asking about the oil filter cost and availability if you're shopping for a car. It just doesn't typically happen! But why this might matter becomes clear when you realize there are a number of filters on these machines ...
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Disinfecting Guideline Resources

Following established guidelines for cleaning and disinfection of AERs (automated endoscopic reprocessors) is mandatory for the safety of your patients and internal staff. But who makes the guidelines and where do you find them to follow? It's a great question and an absolute requirement to have the right resources on hand. The great news is there's quite a few different respected entities that are contributing to these recommendations. And while the list below is not exhaustive it should give you a great place to start. Reviewing each of these resources should help you understand the best fit...
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Preventative Maintenance | DSD-EDGE & DSD-201

Preventative Maintenance on Automatic Endoscopic Reprocessors is almost never on the top of the list of things to handle unless the unit's not functioning correctly. Medical offices are typically so busy with so many important things to do it could easily be pushed to the absolute latest acceptable date within the manufacturer's guidelines. But this is not the best practice of course if you're interested in keeping your AER in the best condition possible. And while it may seem like common sense, adding the DSD-EDGE PM (preventative maintenance) scheduled day to your Calendar may not be a bad i...
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Choosing an AER (Part 5: Disinfectants)

When you make your decision on which AER to purchase you might be somewhat stuck with the responsibility of using disinfectants and detergents that the manufacturer designed the Automatic Endoscopic Reprocessor to be used with. It's similar to buying a Ferrari and needing to always buy premium fuel going forward. Maybe this is not an issue for you and it's definitely not always the case. However, it something to consider. The type of disinfectants / chemicals used directly impact the reprocessing time, efficacy and the energy used to operate the equipment. There's a number of factors that dete...
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Choosing an AER (Part 4: Energy Costs)

So here's a topic that may not be on the forefront of someone's mind looking into the purchase of an automatic endoscopic reprocessor; Energy Efficiency. We've already covered "Cycle time" in our prior article "Choosing an AER | Part 2: Cost Per Cycle". But cycle time also relates to and affects energy efficiency so it makes sense that we'd go into the energy perspective of cycle time here. All things being equal, any logical argument about energy consumption would include "the longer a unit takes to sterilize scopes the more it would typically cost to operate". But there's more to this equati...
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AER Maintenance Tips

We're focused on sharing information with our customers to help them get the most out of their equipment. 

For instance, in an effort to help our customers understand their Medivators DSD-201, we're creating a series of bulletins to help customers understand and resolve DSD-201 Alarms along with other helpful tips and trouble shooting techniques.

Click below to view our latest DSD-201 alarm tips. 

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Choosing an AER (Part 3: Service)

 So let's dive into part three of our series on the top things to consider when you're shopping for an AER (Automated Endoscopic Reprocessor).In this article we'll go over some of the items related to Service Costs. Obviously keeping these critical instruments in top notch condition and calibrated to the OEM specifications is extremely important. Quite literally, the health of your patients is on the line. So finding out what the recommended service schedule looks like for the AER you are considering purchasing is a pretty important step. Along these same lines is to do a little rese...
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Choosing an AER (Part 2: Cost Per Cycle)

So we promised to go over some of the items on our list of considerations when purchasing an AER (Automated Endoscopic Reprocessor) from our March 28th article "Choosing and AER". There's obviously so many things to consider besides just the type of AER and budget that it may seem daunting. But here's one of the basic considerations that may be helpful to consider when you're in the market for an AER. Let's go into some of the details today on the "Overall Cost Per Cycle". Overall Cost Per Cycle There's a number of variables to consider when you're looking at the overall cost per cycle. And th...
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Are AERs recommended or not for flexible endoscopes?

In July 2015 the CDC (Centers for Disease Controls) asked HICPAC (Healthcare infection Control Practices Advisory Committee) for their recommendations on how to improve the facility-level training for those using reprocessing endoscopes. A large work group of 14 primary entities was formed to collectively development recommendations for HICPAC to take into consideration. The HICPAC recommendations were finalized and made available in July 2016. The first sentence in the CDC's Introduction indicates "healthcare facilities should have a reliable, high-quality system for endoscope reprocessing wh...
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A Couple More Considerations When Buying an AER

It's interesting that cost is sometimes a mental barrier rather than physical. It definitely can be the first barrier for new equipment acquisitions, especially AERs (Automated Endocope Reprocessor) as the costs can soar is some cases. It's a barrier reached often before there is really any financial research done to see if an AER equipment expenditure can be justified from other financial perspectives. This position makes perfect sense if your practice has very little revenue, but for most medical offices that offer Endoscopic treatments the purchase of an AER may increase your revenue and de...
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DSD-EDGE Alarm: No Fluid Flow Alarm | How to Resolve

MedService Repair is focused on sharing information with our customers to help them get the most out of their equipment. In an effort to help our customers understand their Medivators DSD-EDGE Reprocessors, we are creating a series of bulletins to help customers understand and resolve DSD-EDGE Alarms. Please see below for a how-to-troubleshoot guide related to No Fluid Flow Alarm. If you have any questions about the steps below or if you have an immediate need for Service, Loaners, AER Filters, or other support for your Endoscope Reprocessor please contact us at the contact details below.MedSe...
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DSD-EDGE Alarm: Low Chamber Alarms | How to Resolve

MedService Repair is focused on sharing information with our customers to help them get the most out of their equipment. In an effort to help our customers understand their Medivators DSD-EDGE Reprocessors, we are creating a series of bulletins to help customers understand and resolve DSD-EDGE Alarms. Please see below for a how-to-troubleshoot guide related to Low Chamber Alarms. If you have any questions about the steps below or if you have an immediate need for Service, Loaners, AER Filters, Preventative Maintenance or other support for your Endoscope Reprocessor please contact us at th...
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DSD-201 Alarm: Basin Sensor and No Air Flow Alarms | How to Resolve

MedService Repair is focused on sharing information with our customers to help them get the most out of their equipment. In an effort to help our customers understand their Medivators DSD-201, we are creating a series of bulletins to help customers understand and resolve DSD-201 Alarms. Please see below for a how-to-troubleshoot guide related to Basin Sensor and No Air Flow Alarms. If you have any questions about the steps below or if you have an immediate need for Service, Loaners, Filters, or other support for your Endoscope Reprocessor please contact us at the contact details below.MedServi...
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DSD-201 Alarm: Low and High Dis Res Alarms | How to Resolve

MedService Repair is focused on sharing information with our customers to help them get the most out of their equipment. In an effort to help our customers understand their Medivators DSD-201, we are creating a series of bulletins to help customers understand and resolve DSD-201 Alarms. Please see below for a how-to-troubleshoot guide related to Low and High Dis Res Alarms. If you have any questions about the steps below or if you have an immediate need for Service, Loaners, Filters, or other support for your Endoscope Reprocessor please contact us at the contact details below.MedService Repai...
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DSD-201 Alarms: Low Chamber Alarms | How to Resolve

MedService Repair is focused on sharing information with our customers to help them get the most out of their equipment. In an effort to help our customers understand their Medivators DSD-201, we are creating a series of bulletins to help customers understand and resolve DSD-201 Alarms. Please see below for a how-to-troubleshoot guide related to Low Chamber Alarms. If you have any questions about the steps below or if you have an immediate need for Service, Loaners, Filters, or other support for your Endoscope Reprocessor please contact us at the contact details below.MedService Repair: Good H...
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DSD-201 Alarms: No Fluid Flow | How to Resolve

Understanding and Resolving DSD-201 Alarms: No Fluid Flow GI Professional, MedService Repair is focused on sharing information with our customers to help them get the most out of their equipment. In an effort to help our customers understand their Medivators DSD-201, we are creating a series of bulletins to help customers understand and resolve DSD-201 Alarms. Please see below for a how-to-troubleshoot guide related to No Fluid Flow Alarms. If you have any questions about the steps below or if you have an immediate need for Service, Loaners, Filters, or other support for your Endoscope Reproce...
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Disinfecting Protocols 101

So let's do a refresher on some of the recommended steps and precautions that must be followed to properly maintain and utilize an AER (Automated Endoscopic Reprocessing) machine. It may seem like a waste of time but there's some really great standards that have been set by multiple entities that can reduce your overall risk for patients of infections when operating these amazing machines. We'll start with a list of organizations who have created and established the professional guidelines for cleaning and disinfection of endoscopes. It's an industry best practice to develop your internal offi...
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Necessary Action Items: Preparing your Medivators Reprocessor Post COVID-19

Necessary Action Items: Preparing your Medivators Reprocessor Post COVID-19 GI Professional, For more than a month, facilities across the Country have been forced to delay needed endoscopic procedures. Federal, State, and Local Governments are creating plans to reopen the Country and some localities have already begun to allow elective outpatient procedures to resume. We at MedService Repair (www.MedServiceRepair.com) pride ourselves on living up to our Company motto: Good Health for your Patients. Good Health for your Practice. The following lists provide steps you can take now to ensure your...
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Lower Your Costs, Not Your Quality Filters from MedService Repair

While the COVID-19 pandemic is interrupting many of the daily functions of your practice, one set of items that are still costing you extra money are your Endoscope Reprocessor Filters. Even when you are not actively performing cases and reprocessing endoscopes, your filters are still going through their lifespan every 30, 60, 90, or 180 days depending on the filter. We at MedService Repair pride ourselves on living up to our Company motto: Good Health for your Patients. Good Health for your Practice. One of the easiest ways to reduce expenses for your facility, while maintaining high quality ...
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Resourcing for GIs Treating COVID-19 Patients

Please see below for a few resources for GIs treating COVID-19 patients. If you have an immediate need for Filters, Service, Loaners, or Other Support for your Endoscope Reprocessor, please know that we are still here and supporting our 1,400+ customers across the United States. The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA): COVID-19 Focused Website https://www.gastro.org/practice-guidance/practice-updates/covid-19 The AGA is committed to keeping the GI community updated as we learn more about COVID-19 and how it will take shape in the US. The resources are being continually updated and i...
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MedService Repair COVID-19 Update to Customers

With all that has been happening in the world regarding the COVID-19 virus pandemic, our staff at MedService Repair wanted to reach out and wish safety to your staff, patients, and families. While times are currently uncertain, we will get through this together. 

To assist you, we've created a Resource Guide for GIs treating COVID-19 patients and outlined Medivator reprocessor steps to prepare for the increase in procedures post COVID-19 below.

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Choosing an AER

While it may seem like common sense, you really need to consider what your budget is prior to even starting the hunt for an Automated Endoscopic Reprocessor. Prices are all over the board as are sizes, options and features for endoscopic scope sterilization machines (AERs). As with all technology the price per feature and the feature's capability typically falls over time but the amount of features and their capabilities continue to increase while the size of units get smaller and more compact increases the machines price. That said, research you've done last year is sometimes meaningless for ...
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Increasing Adoption of Endoscopy

We've already covered the impact that the aging population has had with regards to the endoscopy market size in a previous article. But there's other factors that are driving this adoption by the medical industry and the general public fueling this growth as well. One of these additional factors fueling this growth is a steady increase in gastrointestinal, gynecological, urological and respiratory conditions. Diagnosing and treating these conditions requires endoscopic procedures. Due to this, the healthcare industry has adopted the use of these incredible machines as the recommended standard ...
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One-way AER workflow

On April 18, 2018 there was big news for Cantel Medical as the FDA issued 510(k) clearance for them to begin marketing their Advantage Plus Pass-Thru automated endoscope reprocessor (AER). According to their press release this would be the first pass-through reprocessor marketed in the United States. The Cantel design of the Advantage Plus Pass-Thru AER enables one-way workflow. This dramatically reduces the possibility of human error. It's proven to high-level disinfect commonly used endoscopes and duoscopes. The design includes hard-wall separation. This allows for a completely separate...
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Aging Population = AER Market Growth

 Let's face it, nobody is getting younger and the population growth continues its rise. Adding to the population growth is that the average life expectancy continues to rise. In 2018 it was reported on census.gov that older people were projected to outnumber children for the first time in U.S. history. By 2030, it's reported that all baby boomers will be over age 65 expanding the older population so that one in every 5 residents will be of retirement age. By 2034 there will be 77 million people over age 65 verses 76.7 million under the age of 18. So you ask, why does that matter with rega...
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AER Filter Manufacturers

There are numerous manufacturers of automated endoscope reprocessing machines so as you can imagine there are even more manufacturers of AER filters to provide the necessary consumables that these machines require as doctor's offices across the globe adopt the use of these marvelous infection fighting machines. Some of the most popular AER manufacturers (in no particular order) are Cantel, previously named Medivators, Johnson & Johnson / ASP, Olympus, Custom Ultrasonics and Steris. There are however many other AER manufacturers across the globe and probably more coming as this segment...
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AER to Fit a Small Office or Space

AERs "Automated Endoscope Reprocessor" come in many sizes, shapes and types to fit the specific needs of doctor's offices across the county. There's so many variables to consider when purchasing one of these amazing machines that you really should take some time to think through this completely. What if your office is small with very little floor space? Well you just ruled out a number of AER units that might fit other doctor offices perfectly. Fortunately for you Medivators / Cantel makes a compact automated endoscope reprocessor that might just fit your needs. The CER Optima™ AER, made by Ca...
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What is an AER (Automated Endoscrope Reprocessor)

So what is an AER? It's a fair question as it's a mouthful to say. The short answer is an AER (Automated Endoscope Reprocessor) is used to reprocess endoscopes. But that's just turning words around and not really a good explanation. So let's first go over what "endoscopy" is so we get some context and a better understanding of the machines we're talking about. Endoscopy is a non-surgical procedure that allows doctors to examine and view the digestive system on a color monitor. The endoscope used for this procedure is a flexible tube that utilizes a small light and camera allowing doctors to vi...
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AER Machines - Some Considerations

So if you're one of the busier endoscopy facilities there's a lot of things to think about when selecting an AER. And while no one will be better than you at understanding your needs for your office and specific patient needs here's some things to consider if you're in the market for one. The quality of the machine and its capabilities are critically important and a couple of the top factors on the list. But by buying one of the leading manufacturers automatic endoscope reprocessor machines you're all but assuring yourself that you've handled those two factors. Another factor which is critical...
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When to Replace an AER Filter

AER Filters are used in automatic endoscope reprocessing equipment. To properly reprocess and clean the endoscope these filters must be free flowing and the best practice to ensure that they operate at the highest efficiency is to follow the manufacturers recommended maintenance schedules for replacement of these filters. Failure to perform required maintenance may result in injury or death to the operator or patient so it's extremely important that you refer to your Medivators / Cantel user manual and follow their specific recommendations as the information below is extremely generalized. AER...
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Cost of Replacement AER Filters

Automatic endoscope reprocessing equipment can be expensive to maintain but short cuts are just not acceptable and can lead to a safety concerns for patients, staff and the businesses who use them. The detergents, cleaning tools and AER filters needed to keep your AER in optimum operating order can obviously be bought from the original manufacturers of these units. But sometimes those parts and products come at a premium price compared to other resources for such products. The cost of AER Filters, detergents, disinfectants and other related supplies have to be considered when ca...
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