SummaryDisposable bronchoscopes such as the Ambu aScope TM 3 are marketed as 'single use' The risks of contamination from prolonged device storage before possible re-use are unknown. Following clinical bronchoscopy in patients whose lungs were mechanically ventilated, 20 aScope TM 3's bronchoscopes received a standard 'social clean' and were then stored. Subsequent paired saline flush and swab samples were taken at time zero, and at 24 h and 48 h. Positive microbiological cultures were obtained from at least …
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