How Effective is High-Pressure Water at Disinfecting Duodenoscopes?

How Effective is High-Pressure Water at Disinfecting Duodenoscopes?


A new device cleans a duodenoscope’s tough-to-reach places in the same way water floss is used to clean our mouth’s molars and gums.

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