alexa Disinfection of endoscopes: review of new chemical sterilants used for high-level disinfection.


Journal of Microbial & Biochemical Technology

Author(s): Weber DJ, Rutala WA

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Chemical sterilants are used to high-level disinfect heat-sensitive semicritical items such as endoscopes. Most endoscopes have been reprocessed between each patient use with glutaraldehyde (>2%) or the Steris System 1. Several new chemical sterilants have been developed recently, including 7.5% hydrogen peroxide, 0.08% peracetic acid plus 1.0% hydrogen peroxide, and 0.55% orthophthalaldehyde. In order to aid the infection control professional in choosing the appropriate disinfection methodology, this article reviews the characteristics, advantages, and disadvantages of high-level disinfectants intended for reprocessing endoscopes.

This article was published in Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. and referenced in Journal of Microbial & Biochemical Technology

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