Variability of ATP amount in last rinse water of automated washer-disinfectors demands monitoring of every load

J.P.C.M. van Doornmalen Gomez Hoyos, R.A.C. van Wezel, F. Tessarolo

Journal of Hospital Infection Volume 91, Issue 1, Pages 87–89
Letters to the Editor


Decontamination processes for medical devices, such as washing, disinfection, and sterilization are essential steps in infection control. The end result of a washing–disinfection process is critical for the next step in decontamination, or for the safe use of a device on a patient in cases where no further decontamination is applied. It would be helpful for daily practice and the development of evidence-based standards if a data set were available to demonstrate the reproducibility of automated washer-disinfectors (AWDs).

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