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J Hosp Infect. 2003 May;54(1):46-51.

In-use evaluation of Perasafe compared with Cidex in fibreoptic bronchoscope disinfection.

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Servicio de Microbiología, Hospital Universitario Germans Trias i Pujol, Departamento de Genética y Microbiología, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Ctra. del Canyet s/n. Badalona, Barcelona 08916, Spain.


The mycobactericidal activity of Perasafe (0.26% peracetic acid) was compared with that of Cidex (2% alkaline glutaraldehyde) by an in-use test. Fibreoptic bronchoscopes were artificially contaminated with Mycobacterium tuberculosis or Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare in sputum and, after manual pre-cleaning with a neutral soap, 10 and 20 min disinfection periods were tested. Perasafe was as effective as Cidex, thus requiring a 10 min disinfection period against M. tuberculosis and 20 min against M. avium-intracellulare. The results demonstrate that Perasafe is an effective disinfectant for use in reprocessing fibreoptic bronchoscopes.

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