So, you forget to put your Oat Meal bowl in the sink & rinse it out, you don't have the time to fully clean it right away either. Perhaps your dishwasher is in the middle of a cleaning cycle. The soiled bowl (endoscope) sits on the counter for a while. By the time you get to it, the oatmeal has dried. Rinsing and a soaking barely help, you need to chip the residue off with force. Making matters worse, you're in a hurry, you need to use the bowl again right away.
That's exactly what happens to the delicate internal ports and elevator mechanisms of endoscopes when all of their nooks and crannies aren't instantly rinsed. Someone will have to chip away at the debris and hardened protiens that are left inside, often while in a hurry, potentially damaging the scope.
Okay, so instead, you rinse the bowl out quickly then set it on the counter. You don't have the large bits hardening on the surface, but you now have a possibly harder thin film that is equally difficult to remove.
Again, that is exactly what happens to endoscopes that are rinsed, then left to dry a little before reprocessing. You have removed the large particles, but you still have a tough-to-remove film of hard proteins that can harbor infectious microbes and risk cross-contamination of patients.
Making matters worse, let's say your oatmeal bowl is made of a soft plastic. That makes the cleaning all that much harder. If you scrape too hard, you'll damage or scratch the bowl. Its harder to be sure that you've got the soft plastic surface clean. Exactly the problem with flexible endoscopes, they are made of easily bendable plastics, a surface difficult to clean in the first place. Small surface scratches may not damage the scope, but will for sure, give yet another place for germs to hide. I'm sure you've seen plastic bowls and tupperware containers with scratches that are stained with food residue that just never gets removed.
The best way to handle your oatmeal bowl if you can't immediately completely wash it, is to rinse it, then let is soak until cleaning time. Cleaning it will then be a snap, all residue will quickly and fully be removed by a normal wash cycle, either manual or in your dishwasher. The less you need to use abrasive brushes, the less damage and contamination holding scratches your device will experience.
With the ProShield, that's exactly what you do. You will minimize the cleaning time, minimize cleaning damage, and increase the removal rate of contamination of your flexible endoscopes and TEE probes.
Place the used/dirty endoscope in a ProShield tube, snap the ProShield into one of holders or brackets for added convenience. Now flush/rinse the ports by following the manufacturer's recommendations. The ProShield will catch and retain the enzyme soap. The port(s) will not dry out, the soaking process will continue, all remaining films and residue will stay soft, moist and easy to remove. Films will be easily removed during standard cleaning cycles, with no additional trauma caused by agressive mechanical scraping of hard to remove biomass.