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Suction tube reprocessing

N S Chu, D McAlister, P A Antonoplos
BACKGROUND: Colonoscopes present a special bacterial decontamination challenge because the colon has a large and diverse microbial population. METHODS: Bioburden of colonoscope insertion tube surfaces and suction channels were determined after use and after manual cleaning. RESULTS: After use bioburden in suction channels averaged 7.0 x 10(9) colony-forming units (cfu). Cleaning reduced this level to 1.3 x 10(5). Cleaning of tube surfaces reduced the after-use bioburden from a level of 5...
August 1998: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
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