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7 7 F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 4 | O U T P AT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E B iofilm is comprised of microorganisms, particularly bacte- ria and yeast that replicate in the presence of liquid. When biofilm forms on instruments and in flexible endoscope channels, a slimy layer helps protect the bacteria and yeast, making it difficult to eradicate once it forms. The problem is that scopes and instruments are becoming incredibly com- plex, making removing biofilm an increasingly difficult task. C E N T R A L S T E R I L E Beware the Biofilm BRUSHING UP Diligent manual cleaning is essential to prevent biofilm from forming. The microscopic residue of surgery and exams can cause big-time problems. Michelle J. Alfa, PhD, FCCM | Winnipeg, Canada OSE_1402_part2_Layout 1 2/6/14 2:58 PM Page 75

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