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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