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Supported in part by research grants from 3M Company , Medivators Inc , and HealthMark Industries , who were not involved in designing the study, collecting data, interpreting results, or preparing the manuscript. In accordance with the study protocol, the research site received a new automated endoscope reprocessor and reprocessing materials from Medivators and supplies for conducting adenosine triphosphate tests from 3M Company.
Conflicts of interest: CLO is employed by Ofstead & Associates, Inc, which has received research funding and speaking honoraria related to infection prevention from 3M Company, Medivators, HealthMark Industries, STERIS Corporation, Boston Scientific, and Invendo Medical. HPW, OLH, EAJ, and JEE, are employed by Ofstead & Associates, Inc.