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Emerg Infect Dis. 2001 Mar-Apr;7(2):348-53.

New disinfection and sterilization methods.

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University of North Carolina (UNC) Health Care System and UNC School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA. brutala@unch.unc.edu

Abstract

New disinfection methods include a persistent antimicrobial coating that can be applied to inanimate and animate objects (Surfacine), a high-level disinfectant with reduced exposure time (ortho-phthalaldehyde), and an antimicrobial agent that can be applied to animate and inanimate objects (superoxidized water). New sterilization methods include a chemical sterilization process for endoscopes that integrates cleaning (Endoclens), a rapid (4-hour) readout biological indicator for ethylene oxide sterilization (Attest), and a hydrogen peroxide plasma sterilizer that has a shorter cycle time and improved efficacy (Sterrad 50).

PMID:
11294738
PMCID:
PMC2631727
DOI:
10.3201/eid0702.010241
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

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