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Surgical Smoke Nearly Killed Me - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - February 2018

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4 6 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • F E B R U A R U Y 2 0 1 8 E ven with all the attention given to endoscope repro- cessing in recent years and the increased scrutiny given by accreditation surveyors, many sterile pro- cessing departments still struggle with applying the mountain of regulatory direction to everyday best practices. Still, a number of reprocessing teams are making great strides in this area. Here are 10 tips for endoscope reprocessing excellence I gathered from experts across the country who are lead- 10 Tips for Effective Endoscope Reprocessing Check out this expert advice to strengthen your flexible endoscope cleaning and disinfection practices. Weston "Hank" Balch, BS, MDiv, CRCST, CIS, CHL | San Antonio, Texas • CROSS-CONTAMINATION Always use new disposable brushes, sponges and other one-time use consumables to clean endoscopes.

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