Rigid Endoscopes-Ensuring Quality Before Use and After Repair

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• RIGID ENDOSCOPES are complex, expensive, and fragile devices that routinely are subjected to harsh conditions.

• AN ENDOSCOPE used during only one procedure typically will be handled by a minimum of six people.

• UNDERSTANDING what can go wrong with endoscopes and how to test them can help staff members detect problems before rather than during surgery.

• THIS ARTICLE REVIEWS some simple tests that can be used to ensure endoscope quality and provides information about how to demand excellence in endoscope repair.

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