AORN’s Four Revised Guidelines to Improve Flexible Endoscope Safety

AORN’s Four Revised Guidelines to Improve Flexible Endoscope Safety

PREVENTING INFECTION

AORN has issued four new guidelines for processing flexible endoscopes calling for improved communication with decontamination staff, more rigorous testing before sterilization or HLD and more thorough drying procedures.

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