Scoping Out Opportunities to Improve Flexible Endoscope Reprocessing Using a Standard Audit Tool: A System Wide Initiative

      BACKGROUND: Most infection outbreaks linked to flexible endoscopes have been attributed to inadequate cleaning and high level disinfection. Strict observance of manufacturer's cleaning instructions and nationally recognized guidelines for reprocessing are critical factors in mitigating the risk of transmitting infection via these devices. Our goal was to develop and implement a standardized audit tool to identify opportunities for process improvement in flexible endoscope reprocessing and infection prevention practices.
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