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J Hosp Infect. 2007 Feb;65(2):163-8. Epub 2006 Dec 14.

Evaluation of a new disinfection procedure for ultrasound probes using ultraviolet light.

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Unité d'Hygiène hospitalière, AP-HP, Hôpital Européen Georges Pompidou, Paris, France. guillaume.kac@hop.egp.aphp.fr

Abstract

Following 183 ultrasound examinations, a randomized trial was conducted to compare three procedures for disinfection of probes under routine conditions: dry wiping with a soft, dry, non-sterile paper towel, antiseptic wiping with a towel impregnated with disinfectant spray and dry wiping followed by a 10 min ultraviolet C (UVC) cycle in a disinfection chamber. After ultrasonography, swabs were taken from transducer heads before and after cleaning and streaked onto plates that were then cultured. The number of colonies per plate was counted and organisms identified. The median microbial reduction was 100% for UVC, 98.4% for antiseptic wiping and 87.5% for dry wiping (P<0.001). The percentage of negative specimens was 88% for UVC, 16% for antiseptic wiping and 4% for dry wiping (P<0.0001). Microbial flora was isolated from 12 probes (6.6%) before cleaning, whereas specimens obtained after cleaning contained no pathogens except in one case after antiseptic wiping. UVC disinfection of ultrasound probe may provide a useful method for reducing the bacterial load under routine conditions.

PMID:
17174448
DOI:
10.1016/j.jhin.2006.10.008
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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