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3 0 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • M A R C H 2 0 1 7 Y ou can brush and flush with preci- sion, for just the right amount of time and with just the right amount of touch, and still there's no guarantee that you'll deliver an endoscope free of bacteria and bioburden. Such is the lot of the reprocessing tech and the degree of difficulty of the manual clean, a rather thankless chore that requires amazing stamina and attention to detail. The job recently got a lot more daunting with the publication of a study that found that rigorous, by-the-book cleaning of flexible endo- scopes before disinfection doesn't ensure that scopes are free of con- tamination, particularly when the scopes have scratches and dents that could harbor blood, tissue and bacteria. The study, published in Is That Scope Clean? No Guarantees Even rigorous by-the-book cleaning doesn't ensure that your flexible endoscopes will be free of bacteria and bioburden when you hang them to dry. Dan O'Connor | Editor-in-Chief • LEFT BEHIND Despite reprocessing in accordance with guidelines, organic residue and viable microbes can remain on endoscopes. ECRI Institute

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