The Olympus repair centers strive for high hygienic standards in order to keep not only our customers and patients but also our staff safe. There are three stages within the repair process where there is a potential risk of infection:
Since there is no guarantee that medical instruments received at Olympus repair facilities are properly cleaned by the operator, disinfected and/or sterilized, any instrument needs to be treated as contaminated during the registration process. Corresponding protective clothes must be worn by any employee who comes in close contact with the instruments and their packaging.
As additional safety means, any packaging such as cases or inlays needs to be cleaned by using disinfecting wipes. Wrapping foils need to be disposed of in sealable waste bins for biohazardous material and any paperwork needs to be scanned and safely disposed of. After unpacking the product to be serviced, cleaning and disinfection in EndoThermo Disinfectors (ETD) is mandatory 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.