As our readers will be aware, Olympus issued an update to inform health care providers on use of simethicone and other non-water soluble additives with Olympus flexible endoscopes.

According to Olympus letter, Olympus does not recommend the use of non-water soluble additives with their flexible endoscopes or ancillary equipment. These products may be difficult to remove during manual cleaning and may reduce the efficacy of the reprocessing procedure. Simethicone and petroleum/oil/silicone-based lubricants are non-water soluble and thus not recommended for use by Olympus.

Please click on the following link to read the full statement.