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Getting to Zero: Reducing the Risk for Duodenoscope-Related InfectionsReducing the Risk for Duodenoscope-Related Infections

Jeffrey L. Tokar, MD; John I. Allen, MD; and Michael L. Kochman, MD
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This article was published online first at www.annals.org on 22 September 2015.

From Fox Chase Cancer Center and University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut.

Disclosures: Disclosures can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M15-1719.

Corresponding Author: Jeffrey L. Tokar, MD, Department of Medicine, Fox Chase Cancer Center, 333 Cottman Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19111; e-mail, Jeffrey.Tokar@fccc.edu.

Current Author Addresses: Dr. Tokar: Department of Medicine, Fox Chase Cancer Center, 333 Cottman Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19111.

Dr. Allen: Section of Digestive Disease, Yale University School of Medicine, 40 Temple Street, Suite 1A, New Haven, CT 06510.

Dr. Kochman: University of Pennsylvania Health System, PCAM South, 7th Floor, GI, 3400 Civic Center Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

Author Contributions: Conception and design: J.L. Tokar, M.L. Kochman.

Analysis and interpretation of the data: M.L. Kochman.

Drafting of the article: J.L. Tokar, J.I. Allen, M.L. Kochman.

Critical revision of the article for important intellectual content: J.I. Allen, M.L. Kochman.

Final approval of the article: J.L. Tokar, J.I. Allen, M.L. Kochman.

Collection and assembly of data: J.L. Tokar.

Ann Intern Med. 2015;163(11):873-874. doi:10.7326/M15-1719
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