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Archive >  November, 2006 VII, No. 11

Scope Reprocessing: 4 Corners You Just Can't Cut

In these areas, you should be doing more, not less.

Pat Holland, RN, BSN, CGRN

It's well-known that reprocessing personnel must turn over an amazing number of scopes every day, so it's not uncommon for them to cut a few corners here and there to keep pace. As much as we'd all like to think that time doesn't matter, though, it does. Look at the literature: Any documented incident of an infection outbreak has been linked to a breach in reprocessing. To help keep a cross-contamination situation from occurring in your facility, let's take a look at four areas where such breaches happen far too often.

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