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1. WO2020256989 - ABSORBENT LINER, SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF USE

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WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:

1. A liner for an endoscope storage tray, the liner having an interior comprising a flexibly deformable material substantially impermeable to fluids and an absorbent material disposed within or attached to at least a portion of the flexibly deformable material, the liner configured to temporarily line at least an interior of the endoscope storage tray.

2. The liner of claim 1, wherein the absorbent material is attached to the liner by an adhesive, stitching and/or welding.

3. The liner of claim 1, wherein the absorbent material comprises a perimeter that is attached to the flexibly deformable material of the liner.

4. The liner of claim 1, wherein the absorbent material is integral with the portion of the flexibly deformable material of the liner.

5. The liner of claim 1, wherein the absorbent material of the liner is configured to conform to a bottom surface of an interior of the endoscope storage tray.

6. The liner of claim 1, wherein the absorbent material of the liner is contacted with a fluid to provide a moist environment for the endoscope stored in the endoscope storage tray.

7. The liner of claim 1, wherein the absorbent material comprises a sponge material.

8. The liner of claim 1, wherein the absorbent material comprises a gel, cotton, cellulose, rayon, polyester, hemp, bamboo, microfiber, poly(lactic acid), polyurethane or a combination thereof.

9. The liner of claim 1, wherein the interior of the endoscope storage tray comprises at least two upstanding elements spaced apart from each other to provide support for a flexible medical endoscope coiled between all or a portion of the at least two upstanding elements.

10. The liner of claim 9, wherein the absorbent material of the liner engages the interior of the tray adjacent to the at least two upstanding elements.

11. The liner of claim 9, wherein the endoscope storage tray has a rim and a top surface of the at least two upstanding elements align with the rim on a same plane.

12. The liner of claim 1, wherein the endoscope storage tray is rigid and re-usable and comprises a base having planar and non-planar portions and surrounding sidewalls upstanding therefrom, the tray being formed of a semi-rigid material capable of withstanding repeated disinfection and dimensioned to provide support for a flexible medical endoscope coiled in a stress-free state.

13. The liner of claim 12, wherein the endoscope storage tray comprises a peripheral lip disposed at least partially around the surrounding sidewalls and extending outwardly therefrom.

14. The liner of claim 1, wherein the liner is configured to engage the endoscope storage tray.

15. The liner of claim 1, wherein the absorbent material is contacted with a fluid to provide a moist environment for the endoscope.

16. The liner of claim 1, wherein the liner has an exterior also comprising the flexibly deformable material substantially impermeable to fluids.

17. The liner of claim 1, wherein the liner and/or tray comprises a timing mechanism.

18. The liner of claim 17, wherein the timing mechanism is a chemical or digital timing strip.

19. The liner of any of the preceding claims, wherein the liner is disposable and is sterile or non-sterile.

20. An endoscope storage system, the system comprising a cover for an endoscope storage tray, the cover comprising a flexibly deformable sheet material substantially impermeable to fluids, the flexibly deformable sheet material configured to be temporarily secured to the endoscope storage tray so as to cover at least an interior of the endoscope storage tray; and a liner having an interior comprising a flexibly deformable material substantially impermeable to fluids and an absorbent material disposed within or attached to at least a portion of the flexibly deformable material of the liner, the liner configured to temporarily line at least the interior of the endoscope storage tray.

21. The system of claim 20, wherein the cover is disposable and engages at least a rim of the endoscope storage tray.

22. The system of claim 20, wherein the cover is in a sheet, wrap or bag configuration and is a red color to indicate that the endoscope is contaminated or is a green color to indicate that the endoscope is clean and ready for use.

23. The system of claim 20, wherein the system comprises a detergent.

24. The system of claim 23, wherein an amount of the detergent is dispensed manually to an exterior surface of the endoscope and/or interior surfaces of the endoscope.

25. The system of claim 20, wherein an exterior surface of the endoscope is encapsulated with a foam detergent for up to 72 hours.

26. The system of claim 23, wherein an amount of the detergent is dispensed automatically.

27. The system of claim 20, wherein the system comprises a timing mechanism.

28. The system of claim 27, wherein a bottom of the timing mechanism comprises an adhesive.

29. The system of claim 27, wherein the timing mechanism is a chemical or a digital timing strip.

30. The system of claim 27, wherein the timing mechanism engages a surface of the cover, the liner and/or a surface of the tray.

31. An endoscope storage system, the system comprising a cover for an endoscope storage tray, the cover comprising a flexibly deformable sheet material substantially impermeable to fluids, the flexibly deformable sheet material configured to be temporarily secured to the endoscope storage tray so as to cover at least an interior of the endoscope storage tray; a liner having an interior comprising a flexibly deformable material substantially impermeable to fluids and an absorbent material disposed within or attached to at least a portion of the flexibly deformable material of the liner, the liner configured to temporarily line at least the interior of the endoscope storage tray; and a detergent container having detergent disposed therein.

32. The system of claim 31, wherein the detergent is a foam detergent.

33. An endoscope storage system, the system comprising a cover for an endoscope storage tray, the cover comprising a flexibly deformable sheet material substantially impermeable to fluids, the flexibly deformable sheet material configured to be temporarily secured to the endoscope storage tray so as to cover at least an interior of the endoscope storage tray; a liner having an interior comprising a flexibly deformable material substantially impermeable to fluids and an absorbent material disposed within or attached to at least a portion of the flexibly deformable material of the liner, the liner configured to temporarily line at least the interior of the endoscope storage tray; and a detergent container, the detergent container having an outlet configured to dispense detergent to an inlet of the cover, liner and/or endoscope storage tray and to the interior of the endoscope storage tray.

34. The system of claim 33, wherein the system comprises a surface adjacent to the detergent container and/or the inlet, the surface having an actuation button configured to control dispensing of the detergent from the detergent container to the inlet and into the interior of the endoscope storage tray.

35. The system of claim 33, wherein the detergent container has a pressurized foam detergent therein configured to preclean the endoscope stored within the interior of the endoscope storage tray.

36. The system of claim 33, wherein the cover is a sealable bag that extends over the entire endoscope storage tray.

37. The system of claim 33, wherein the detergent is dispensed to an exterior surface of the endoscope and/or interior surfaces of the endoscope.

38. The system of claim 33, wherein the inlet engages one or more channels of the endoscope.

39. The system of claim 33, wherein the inlet comprises a connector having a first port and a second port, the first port configured to dispense the detergent to the exterior of the endoscope, the second port connected to a channel of the endoscope and configured to dispense detergent in the channel of the endoscope.

40. The system of claim 33, wherein the system comprises a cart for storing the endoscope storage tray.

41. The system of claims 20-40, wherein the liner is disposable and is sterile or non-sterile.

42. A method of preventing or reducing contaminants from drying in or on an endoscope, the method comprising disposing the endoscope on a liner, the liner having an interior comprising a flexibly deformable material substantially impermeable to fluids and an absorbent material disposed within or attached to at least a portion of the flexibly deformable material of the liner; and applying a fluid to an exterior surface of the endoscope and interior surfaces of the endoscope and/or the absorbent material of the liner.

43. The method of claim 42, wherein the fluid is a foam detergent and the exterior surface of the endoscope is encapsulated with the foam detergent for up to 72 hours.

44. The method of claim 42, wherein the fluid comprises a detergent, sterile water, tap water or a combination thereof.

45. The method according to claims 42-44, wherein the liner is disposable and is sterile or non-sterile.