Endoscope Reprocessing Certification

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DEMAND

The demand for minimally-invasive surgeries is growing more and more with each passing day. Patients and doctors alike are pushing for less cutting on body tissue, more efficient procedures and faster recoveries. Thus the birth of endoscopic procedures, like colonoscopy, bronchoscopy, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreaticopraphy or ERCP and much more!

The boost and boom of computer technology has provided the medical industry a swift advancement in the diagnoses and treatment of conditions, disorders and diseases. Some would say it has not been fast enough, however, in recent years we have seen so much growth in the field of minimally-invasive procedures that training of allied medical personnel, such as surgical techs and sterile processing techs have not been enough to keep up with its advances.

Endoscopic procedures are done in every hospital and most outpatient clinics. With the rise in demand, comes the increase in the standards and protocols of the procedure as well as the reprocessing protocols of these devices to ensure patient safety and quality of patient care. Thus the demand for certified endoscope reprocessing technicians.

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WHAT THEY DO

As the name suggests, endoscope reprocessing technicians care for different types of endoscopes.

An endoscope is a medical device consisting of a long, thin, flexible or rigid tube which has a light and video camera used to visualize the inside of the patient’s body through a computer monitor/screen. It is a non-invasive alternative to surgery to remove tissue for biopsies, cut and excise diseased parts of an internal organ or repair tissue that’s been damaged with the use of sutures and clips.

An endoscope reprocessing technician manually cleans, disinifects, and stores endoscopic instruments within the standard and protocols set forth by the manufacturer and the healthcare facility. They are under the supervision of either or both physician and nurse.

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PAYSCALE

According to salary.com, Endoscope Reprocessing technicians make $39,000 to $45,000 in California as of January 2, 2018.