Updated Endoscope Cleaning Guidance Urges Move From Manual Cleansing To Sterilization
ANSI/AAMI ST91:2021 offers best practices for cleansing the notoriously difficult-to-clean devices and strongly recommends health care providers transition from manual, sink-based cleaning to sterilization.
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