Many medical facilities can only afford to have a small number of bronchoscopes on hand due to their high cost. A typical bronchoscope costs between $15,000 and $30,000. To prevent cross-contamination between patients, bronchoscopes are completely immersed in a cleaning and disinfection solution during the reprocessing procedure [1]. This causes instrument downtime, limiting the amount of procedures that can be performed in a day. To completely sanitize a bronchoscope, a disinfectant and sterilant called Rapicide is used. A 4 gal jug of Rapicide, which costs between $150 and $175, is used in a heated machine that disinfects a bronchoscope for a half an hour. A typical bronchoscope cleaning machine costs approximately $50,000. Before and after cleaning, there is approximately 15 min of time spent preparing the scope. Once the bronchoscope is completely sanitized, it is ready for the next procedure.

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