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Table 1 Microbiological samples from 100 cystoscopies preformed with a Vision Sciences FC (Model CST 4000; Vision ® Sciences, Inc.), after removal of the endosheath and after cleaning the FC with a detergent cloth, rinsing with tap water followed by 70% ethanol disinfection and subsequent drying

From: A microbiological evaluation of level of disinfection for flexible cystoscopes protected by disposable endosheaths

  Maneuver part Insertion tube
  ARS AD ARS AD
No. of samples 100 100 100 100
No. of cfu/sample     
Clean FC 0 82 87 88 87
  1 12 11 9 9
  2 4 1 3 3
  3 2 1 0 0
  4 0 0 0 1
High-risk/critical FC >5 0 0 0 0
Mean cfu/sample (NS) 0.26 0.16 0.15 0.19
  1. ARS After removal of the sheath, AD After disinfection, NS Non-significant.