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Table 1 Routine use, available Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and importance of flexible endoscope reprocessing steps

From: Worldwide practices on flexible endoscope reprocessing

Process step Routine step (%) SOP (%) Importancea
Bedside flush 74 89 1.24
Manual cleaning 80 90 1.18
Leak testing 77 87 1.36
Manual disinfection 37 54 1.23
Automatic disinfection 79 89 1.18
Drying 57 83 1.44
Drying before storage 77 1.33
  1. SOP Standard Operating Procedure
  2. aImportance was calculated through a weighted average with a range of 1–5