Ofstead study in the American Journal of Infection Control finds widespread use of defoaming agents, lubricants and adhesives during endoscopy

Ofstead conducted research in 4 hospitals to evaluate the effectiveness of endoscope reprocessing and identify factors that may be impeding successful reprocessing. Researchers discovered that endoscopes are commonly exposed to substances that interfere with reprocessing effectiveness and remain on patient-ready endoscopes, including simethicone, cooking oil, and tissue glue.

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