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Impact of Sampling and Microbial Culture Methods on Results of Tests for Residual Contamination on Colonoscopes and Gastroscopes

      BACKGROUND: Endoscope reprocessing guidelines recommend using lighted magnification, biochemical tests, and microbial cultures to identify problems with reprocessing effectiveness. Methods used for sampling and conducting tests may affect results. This study evaluated the impact of sampling and culturing techniques on microbial growth. Visual inspections and biochemical tests were also conducted.
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