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A Drug Diverter Comes Clean - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine - December 2017

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D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 7 • O U T PA T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T • 1 2 9 H as the time come to acknowledge that sterilization, and not just high-level disinfection, is what's called for in endoscope reprocessing? "The evidence sug- gests that current IFUs and standards aren't rigorous enough," says Cori Ofstead, MSPH, president and CEO of healthcare research company Ofstead & Associates in St. Paul, Minn. "And we now know that they weren't based on real-world evidence of effectiveness." When we asked a panel of more than 200 Outpatient Surgery Magazine readers how confident they were that their facility will never be the source of an endoscopy-related outbreak, 29% said they were Is It Time to Sterilize Endoscopes? A much-needed higher standard may be on the horizon. Jim Burger | Senior Editor • FALSE CONFIDENCE? Evidence sug- gests that current IFUs and standards aren't rigorous enough to ensure that endoscopes are adequately reprocessed, say experts. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR

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