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Comparison Between Glutaraldehyde and HOCl for Endoscope Disinfection

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Efficacy of electrolyzed acid water in reprocessing patient endoscopes: Comparison with 2% alkaline glutaraldehyde

Author/Source: Nitin Shetty et al. Journal of Hospital Infection

Date: 1999

Short Abstract

A study which compared, in a hospital setting, the efficacy of 2% glutaraldehyde with HOCl against bacterial and virus pathogens on the surfaces of endoscopes. Results indicated equal degrees of microbial control. The authors noted that HOCl gave a potentially significant advantage of freedom from user toxicity and sensitisation associated with extended glutaraldehyde use, together with a more rapid rate of microbial load reduction.

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Internal Ref: HOCl 001

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