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DISINFECTION OF GASTROINTESTINAL FIBRE ENDOSCOPES

Authors
Journal
The Lancet
0140-6736
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
303
Issue
7859
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0140-6736(74)93202-4

Abstract

Abstract Gastrointestinal fibre endoscopes and ancillary equipment were found to be contaminated with bacteria. A widely used method of disinfection with alcohol was ineffective. A disinfection method using glutaraldehyde was simple, quick (<15 minutes), cheap, and reliable within its limitations. It could be used during the endoscopy session. A method using ethylene oxide was much slower and required expensive apparatus but was also effective.

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