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Study: Complete sanitation of robotic surgical instruments virtually impossible

It is virtually impossible to remove all contamination from robotic surgical instruments, even after multiple cleanings, according to a study published in November in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. The results show that complete removal of surface contaminants from these tools may be unattainable, even after following manufacturers’ cleansing instructions, leaving patients at risk for surgical-site infections. The study examined 132 robotic and ordinary instruments over a 21-month period.