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Welcome to our Research Behind Infection Prevention segment, where Dr. Mohamed Yassin asks top researchers to help us make sense of cutting edge infection prevention research and its findings. 

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Podcast – Episode 35 


Are Your Endoscopes Fully Dried? Moisture Hinders Sterilization!

Michelle Nerandzic and Nancy Robinson

with summary and questions by Dr. Mohamed Yassin

January 21, 2021

STERIS corporation scientists discuss their research findings on moisture left behind on endoscopes after cleaning and sterilization. We discuss the resulting infection risk and other patient safety issues. Join us!

Find out more - September 2020 Issue of the American Journal of Infection Control

This episode brought to by the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC)

and Infection Prevention Spotlight 

More about the Researchers: 

Michelle Marie Nerandzic, BS, Senior Scientist STERIS, Advanced Sterilization Group

Michelle has authored / co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed publications in the areas of infection control and novel disinfection techniques during her decade of service as Senior Scientist at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, working in collaboration with Dr. Curtis Donskey, expert on C. difficile disinfection and control.  Her experience in the field of infection prevention in a clinical environment fit perfectly for transitioning to her new role in the area of innovation of infection prevention technologies at STERIS. 

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Nancy Robinson, Ph.D., Distinguished Scientist in STERIS’s Infection Prevention Technology’s Research and Development Department

For the last 23 years Nancy has worked for STERIS Corporation, developing Liquid Chemical Sterilization and High Level Disinfection Endoscope Reprocessing Systems, Vaporized Hydrogen Peroxide Sterilizers, and more recently, investigating how to effectively dry the internal channels of Flexible Endoscopes prior to storage or sterilization.  Prior to joining STERIS, she was a Captain in the Army performing research at the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Maryland as well as an academic researcher at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

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