What is an ‘Acceptable Rate’ of Infection Risk from Reprocessed Duodenoscopes?

What is an ‘Acceptable Rate’ of Infection Risk from Reprocessed Duodenoscopes?

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A study dives into that question and many more, conceding that coming up with an answer is “complex and nuanced.” But single-use duodenoscopes are one possible solution — if they can answer important performance questions.

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