Evaluation of Reprocessing Effectiveness for Flexible Ureteroscopes

      BACKGROUND: Endoscope reprocessing guidelines recommend using cleaning verification tests to detect residual contamination on endoscopes before high-level disinfection or sterilization. Routine microbial surveillance of reprocessed endoscopes has been implemented by some institutions. This study aimed to evaluate levels of organic material and bioburden remaining on reprocessed ureteroscopes used for kidney stone removal and other therapeutic procedures.
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