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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Cross-contamination From Flexible Endoscopes
Improper cleaning and disinfection techniques of flexible endoscopes can lead to patient cross-contamination, resulting in life-threatening infections.
It is essential to adhere to a multistep procedure for reprocessing endoscopes. Any missed step could compromise the process.

Make sure to review instructions before purchase to help identify and avoid devices that are complicated. Have a specific reprocessing protocol for each flexible endoscope. Ask the manufacturer of the device to identify unique requirements for cleaning and sterilization.