Enhancing Duodenoscope Sterilization with Point-of-Care Testing

Enhancing Duodenoscope Sterilization with Point-of-Care Testing

PREVENTING INFECTION

Adding this step to the reprocessing process is efficient and feasible, researchers from Mayo Clinic say.

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