1- Delaying repairs.
Worsens the scopes conditions.
2- Not properly following disinfectant manufacturer's instructions and immersing scope in disinfectant too long or at improper concentrations.
This can cause corrosion and premature wear.
3- Immersion in fluid with the vent cap on.
The vent is the "door" to your scope, and if left on, it allows fluid invasion.
4- Delaying initial cleaning.
This contributes to corrosion and premature wear.
5- Reprocessing with other instruments.
6- Transporting and gas sterilizing without the vent cap attached.
7- Storing in carrying case or communal storage.
Doing this compromises sterility and proper ventilation.
The Scopes should be completely dry before storing and should be
kept in a dry, well-ventilated environment.
8- Not verifying compatibility of light source to scope.
9- Manually articulating scope.
You should only use the lever control.
10- Third party repairs.
11- Stretching/folding of sheathing or cover.
Proper maintenance and handling of your endoscopes will
increase the life of the unit, lower repair or replacement costs,
and reduce the possibility of cross-contamination. (to patients and other instruments.)