New Disinfection and Sterilization Methods

Emerg Infect Dis. Mar-Apr 2001;7(2):348-53. doi: 10.3201/eid0702.010241.

Abstract

New disinfection methods include a persistent antimicrobial coating that can be applied to inanimate and animate objects (Surfacine), a high-level disinfectant with reduced exposure time (ortho-phthalaldehyde), and an antimicrobial agent that can be applied to animate and inanimate objects (superoxidized water). New sterilization methods include a chemical sterilization process for endoscopes that integrates cleaning (Endoclens), a rapid (4-hour) readout biological indicator for ethylene oxide sterilization (Attest), and a hydrogen peroxide plasma sterilizer that has a shorter cycle time and improved efficacy (Sterrad 50).

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Disinfectants
  • Disinfection / methods*
  • Ethylene Oxide
  • Humans
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Sterilization / methods*
  • Superoxides
  • Temperature
  • Water
  • o-Phthalaldehyde

Substances

  • Disinfectants
  • Water
  • Superoxides
  • o-Phthalaldehyde
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Ethylene Oxide