The mycobactericidal activity of Perasafe® (0.26% peracetic acid) was compared with that of Cidex® (2% alkaline glutaraldehyde) by an in-use test. Fibreoptic bronchoscopes were artificially contaminated with Mycobacterium tuberculosis or Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare in sputum and, after manual pre-cleaning with a neutral soap, 10 and 20 min disinfection periods were tested. Perasafe® was as effective as Cidex®, thus requiring a 10 min disinfection period against M. tuberculosis and 20 min against M. avium-intracellulare. The results demonstrate that Perasafe® is an effective disinfectant for use in reprocessing fibreoptic bronchoscopes. © 2003 The Hospital Infection Society. All rights reserved.
- Alkaline glutaraldehyde
- Fibreoptic bronchoscope
- Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare
- Mycobacterium tuberculosis
- Peracetic acid