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Olympus Announces Compatibility of Flexible Endoscopes with Advanced Sterilization Products’ STERRAD® NX Sterilization System

Company Endorses Processing of 29 Olympus Small Diameter Flexible Endoscopes with STERRAD® NX Sterilization System

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., January 7, 2010–Olympus, a precision technology leader creating innovative opto-digital solutions in healthcare, life science and consumer electronics products, today announced the compatibility of 29 Olympus small diameter flexible endoscopes with the STERRAD® NX Sterilization System manufactured by Advanced Sterilization Products (ASP). This announcement follows more than a year of research and testing that resulted in the development of new endoscope materials having improved compatibility with STERRAD NX.

Olympus small diameter flexible endoscopes compatible with STERRAD NX can be identified by the presence of a white line on the control section. Any Olympus flexible endoscope without this identifying white line is not compatible.

Olympus endoscope models listed below with a white line present on the control section are materially and functionally compatible with the STERRAD NX Sterilization System:

Bronchoscopes
BF-1T60
BF-MP60
BF-P60
BF-XP60
BF-MP160F
BF-XP160F
BF-1T180
BF-1TQ180
BF-P180
BF-Q180
BF-Q180-AC

Choledochoscope
CHF-P60

Cystoscopes
CYF-5
CYF-5A
CYF-V2
CYF-V2R
CYF-VA2

Rhinolaryngoscopes
ENF-V2
ENF-VT2
ENF-VQ

Laparoscopes
LTF-V3
LTF-VP
LTF-VP-S
LTF-VH
LTF-160

Airway Mobilescopes
MAF-GM
MAF-TM

Ureteroscopes
URF-P5
URF-V


“We are pleased to endorse the processing of certain Olympus endoscopes with the STERRAD NX Sterilization System, as it offers a readily available and effective method for sterilization of these devices,” said Dr. Bradley Catalone, director of clinical affairs for Olympus.  “This system offers health care facilities with a viable option for low temperature sterilization of heat labile endoscopes, which was traditionally performed using either ethylene oxide gas or liquid chemical sterilization.”

Customers are also being urged to contact their Olympus sales representative or call customer service at 800-898-9024 for any questions regarding the compatibility of their small diameter endoscopes or for information on upgrading older endoscopes to be compatible with STERRAD NX.

For more information about Olympus and our line of cleaning, disinfection and sterilization products and services visit, www.olympusamerica.com/cds.

About Olympus Medical Systems Group
Olympus, which incorporates surgical market leader Gyrus ACMI, develops solutions for healthcare professionals that help improve outcomes and enhance quality of life for their patients. By enabling less invasive procedures, innovative diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy and early stage cancer evaluation and treatments, Olympus is transforming the future of healthcare.

About Olympus
Olympus is a precision technology leader, creating innovative opto-digital solutions in healthcare, life science and consumer electronics products. Olympus works collaboratively with its customers and its affiliates worldwide to leverage R&D investment in precision technology and manufacturing processes across diverse business lines.  These include:  

  • Flexible endoscopes, accessories, and minimally invasive surgical devices;
  • Advanced clinical and research microscopes;
  • Digital cameras and voice recorders.

  Olympus serves the healthcare field with integrated product solutions and financial, educational and consulting services that help customers to efficiently, reliably and more easily achieve exceptional results. Olympus develops breakthrough technologies with revolutionary product design and functionality for the consumer and professional photography markets, and also is the leader in gastrointestinal endoscopy and clinical and educational microscopes.  For more information, visit www.olympusamerica.com.

The STERRAD NX Sterilization System
The STERRAD NX Sterilization System is the fastest low-temperature hydrogen peroxide gas plasma sterilizer yet. It has the ability to sterilize a wide range of instruments, including single-channel flexible endoscopes providing the flexibility of having sterile instruments ready whenever they are needed. This helps the practitioner to handle more caseloads, without delays, and keep the operating room on schedule. Because the STERRAD NX System is compact, it can be cart-mounted for mobility and only requires a simple plug-in. It is flexible enough for placement in Operating Room Substerile Rooms, Surgical Cores, Ambulatory Surgery Centers, Sterile Processing Departments, and Specialty Departments, such as Urology where rapid instrument turnaround is crucial.