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Special Outpatient Surgery Edition - Infection Control - May 2017

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3 4 S U P P L E M E N T T O O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E M A Y 2 0 1 7 L umened instruments are notoriously difficult to clean and can pose a major patient safety risk if their channels and surfaces aren't properly flushed and brushed between uses. The alarming truth: Improperly cleaned instruments can't be disinfected or sterilized, and mistakes continue to be made during this important first step in proper instrument reprocessing. (Exhibit A: The recent carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae [CRE] outbreaks at several facilities across the country that Lessons in Lumened Instrument Cleaning Follow these tips to ensure reprocessing's critical first step is performed correctly each and every time. Donna Swenson, BS, CRCST, CHL, ACE | Stickney, Ill. • INSIDE JOB The manual cleaning of flexible endo- scopes requires the correct style and size of brush to remove bioburden from internal channels. Mark Voigt

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