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From Storage to Sterilization, What's New in Reprocessing Endoscopes?

PATIENT SAFETY

Concerns over cross-contamination and flexible endoscopes continue to fuel research and conversation around endoscope reprocessing best practices.

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Challenges in device reprocessing are related to the lack of connection that hospital administrators and the public at large make between the resources given to our teams and the ultimate quality of surgical instruments available for every procedure.

Preventing Infection

Bigger hospitals typically offer more complex services, putting added strain on reprocessing departments — and the quality of reprocessing depends on the resources made available to the teams that do that work.

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Patient Safety

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Preventing Infection

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