The Olympus repair centers strive for high hygienic standards in order to keep not only our customers and patients but also our staff safe.
The following stages within the repair process contain a potential risk of infection:
Since proof that medical instruments received at Olympus repair facilities are properly cleaned, disinfected and/ or sterilized is not given in every single case, these instruments need to be treated as contaminated during the registration and reprocessing process. Regardless of the decontamination status of the received instrument, corresponding PPE must be worn by every employee who comes in close contact with the instruments and their packaging.
The standard reprocessing process already requires that any suspicious packaging such as cases or inlays are cleaned by using disinfecting wipes. Wrapping foils are disposed of in sealable waste bins for biohazardous material and any paperwork is scanned and safely disposed of as well. All instruments for which Olympus does not receive sufficient proof of disinfection are cleaned and disinfected in EndoThermo Disinfectors (ETD) before further handling. If the technical condition of an instrument does not allow the disinfection process in an ETD, the instrument must be passed through a manual cleaning and disinfection process or a gas sterilization process. With these clear steps, which are part of more than 60 mandatory hygienic standards, repair guidelines, inspection methods and quality checks, Olympus ensures a safe work environment and high OEM standards for our instruments.
As a response to the coronavirus pandemic, Olympus implemented additional safety measures as follows:
- Implementation of all applicable governmental regulations and recommendations of public authorities like the Robert Koch Institute into clear and binding Olympus guidelines.
- Physical distancing rules and a maximum number of persons per designated area.
- Temporary physical splitting of teams by means of shift work where the distancing rules can’t always be followed.
- Mandatory usage of face shields and/or face masks in situations where the distancing rules can’t be followed.
- Continuous disinfection of frequently touched objects such as door handles, switches, handrails, etc.