An overview of new technologies for the decontamination of surgical instruments and the quantification of protein residues: low-pressure radiofrequency (RF) gas-plasma decontamination and epifluorescence scanning (EFSCAN) detection

H. C. Baxter*, A. C. Jones, Robert Baxter

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Abstract

In this chapter we examine two quite different - but linked aspects of surgical instrument decontamination. The first of these focuses on high-level decontamination using low-pressure radiofrequency (RF) gas-plasmas. The second topic is a description of the principles and use of the EFSCAN (epifluorescence scanning) technology which has been developed to enable rapid automated quantification of low levels of residual protein residues on 'decontaminated' instruments.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDecontamination in Hospitals and Healthcare
EditorsJT Walker
Place of PublicationCAMBRIDGE
PublisherWOODHEAD PUBL LTD
Pages587-597
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)978-0-85709-657-9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Feb 2014

Publication series

NameWoodhead Publishing Series in Biomaterials
PublisherWOODHEAD PUBL LTD
ISSN (Print)2049-9485

Keywords

  • surgical instrument decontamination
  • radiofrequency (RF) gas-plasma
  • prion infectivity
  • epifluorescence scanning (EFSCAN)
  • quantification of protein residues
  • STEEL
  • STERILIZATION
  • CONTAMINATION
  • ELIMINATION
  • INFECTIVITY
  • NINHYDRIN
  • SURFACES

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