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How COVID-19 is Making the Case for Single-Use Bronchoscopes

PREVENTION STRATEGIES

Becker’s Hospital Review explored bronchoscope reprocessing and cross-contamination issues in a recent feature story. It’s an important issue to probe, especially now.

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CHEST Guidelines for Bronchoscopy During COVID-19 Pandemic
Best Practices
'In such a kinetic milieu, these can be expected to evolve based on an expanding evidence base, the public health burden of disease, and the availability of trained personnel or medical infrastructure,' the authors of the guidelines write.
How COVID-19 is Making the Case for Single-Use Bronchoscopes
Prevention Strategies
Becker’s Hospital Review explored bronchoscope reprocessing and cross-contamination issues in a recent feature story. It’s an important issue to probe, especially now.
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Prevention Challenges

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Preventing Infection

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Patient Safety

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