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Let’s face it – healthcare is a dirty business. The clean and sterile devices and instruments that arrive in the operating room (OR) or other clinical areas for patient procedures typically leave post-procedure covered in residual bioburden, such as blood and tissue. This bioburden becomes harder to remove the longer it remains on an item. Not only can it damage them, if left long enough it can result in stubborn biofilm that can harbor dangerous microbes. Biofilm is challenging – if not impossible to remove. Bacteria within biofilms can be up to 1,000 times more resistant to a given agent (e.g. sterilants, disinfectants and antibiotics) than their counterparts that are not part of a biofilm colony.1 When pieces of this biofilm detach from an instrument or device, they can potentially recolonize elsewhere, spreading infection.


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