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Volume 7, Number 2—April 2001
4th Decennial International Conference on Nosocomial and Healthcare-Associated Infections

State of the Art

New Disinfection and Sterilization Methods

William A. RutalaComments to Author  and David J. Weber
Author affiliations: University of North Carolina (UNC) Health Care System; UNC School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

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Table 1

New methods in disinfection and sterilization

Process Agent Regulatory agency action
Disinfection Ortho-phthalaldehyde (Cidex OPA) FDA cleared, October 1999
Antimicrobial coating (Surfacine) Not FDA/EPA cleared
Superoxidized water (Sterilox) Not FDA/EPA cleared
Sterilization Liquid sterilization process (Endoclens) Not FDA cleared
Rapid readout ethylene oxide biological indicator (Attest) Not FDA cleared
New plasma sterilizer (Sterrad 50) FDA cleared, January 1999

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