Cleaning Challenges Associated with Surgical Instrument Design: A Proactive Approach

      BACKGROUND: Contaminated surgical instruments have resulted in infections and deaths. An instrument's design may prevent thorough cleaning before disinfection/sterilization. Rongeurs are surgical instruments with precise edges and curved tips used to obtain tissue/bone samples. Some rongeurs by design stay connected for cleaning. This study demonstrates the inability to get these rongeurs clean and the necessity of proactive instrument review and communication.
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