Comparison of microbiological effects in long fine-lumen tubes by low and atmospheric pressure plasmas

Authors

  • Uta Schnabel Leibniz-Institute for Plasma Science and Technology e.V. (INP), Germany
  • Manfred Stieber Leibniz-Institute for Plasma Science and Technology e.V. (INP), Germany
  • Jörg Ehlbeck Leibniz-Institute for Plasma Science and Technology e.V. (INP), Germany

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3384/wcc2/126-129

Abstract

Minimal invasive treatment using tubes such as catheters and endoscopes is well-established. Since the introduction of flexible endoscopy into medical practice, many cases of infectious complications involving bacteria, fungi and viruses have been linked to endoscopic procedures. Inadequate cleaning and disinfection during the reprocessing of the instruments have been reasonable factors as well as insufficient final rinsing and incomplete drying of the endoscope or contaminated flushing equipment for the air/ water-channel. Flexible endoscopes are thermo-labile and cannot withstand heat sterilization processes. Common disinfection processes like ethylene oxide or hydrogen peroxide vapour as well as formaldehyde are more or less effective, but require long contact and aeration times. Furthermore, these processes use toxic and explosive substances. Therefore, the development of new methods for the sterilization of thermo sensitive devices especially with long fine lumen is very important. A promising possibility is the decontamination by plasma discharge treatment. Various plasma setups have been developed. However, due to the complexity of plasma techniques and technologies, setups and parameters, it is impossible to compare their antimicrobial efficacy by single experiments. A standardization of microbiological parameters is necessary to attribute the observed effects solely to the plasma efficacy.

This work is based on round robin tests with and without plasma treatment by three institution (the Fraunhofer IGB Stuttgart, Germany; the HygCen GmbH Schwerin, Germany and the INP Greifswald, Germany) and the publications by Maucher et al. (2011) and Schnabel et al. (2012).

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Published

2013-03-04

How to Cite

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Schnabel U, Stieber M, Ehlbeck J. Comparison of microbiological effects in long fine-lumen tubes by low and atmospheric pressure plasmas. PSE [Internet]. 2013 Mar. 4 [cited 2021 Dec. 5];2(13):126-9. Available from: https://wcc.ep.liu.se/index.php/PSE/article/view/409