A review of current disinfectants for gastrointestinal endoscopic reprocessing

Sanghoon Park, Jae Young Jang, Ja Seol Koo, Jeong Bae Park, Yun Jeong Lim, Su Jin Hong, Sang Woo Kim, Hoon Jai Chun

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    Abstract

    Gastrointestinal endoscopy is gaining popularity for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. However, concerns over endoscope-related nosocomial infections are increasing, together with interest by the general public in safe and efficient endoscopy. For this reason, reprocessing the gastrointestinal endoscope is an important step for effective performance of endoscopy. Disinfectants are essential to the endoscope reprocessing procedure. Before selecting an appropriate disinfectant, their characteristics, limitations and means of use must be fully understood. Herein, we review the characteristics of several currently available disinfectants, including their uses, potency, advantages, and disadvantages. Most disinfectants can be used to reprocess gastrointestinal endoscopes if the manufacturer's guidelines are followed. The selection and use of a suitable disinfectant depends on the individual circumstances of each endoscopy suite.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)337-341
    Number of pages5
    JournalClinical Endoscopy
    Volume46
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jul

    Keywords

    • Disinfectants
    • Endoscopy
    • Gastrointestinal
    • Reprocessing

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Medicine (miscellaneous)
    • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
    • Gastroenterology

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