Contamination of a purified water system by Aspergillus fumigatus in a new endoscopy reprocessing unit

Khalsa, K., Smith, A. , Morrison, P., Shaw, D., Peat, M., Howard, P., Hamilton, K. and Stewart, A. (2014) Contamination of a purified water system by Aspergillus fumigatus in a new endoscopy reprocessing unit. American Journal of Infection Control, 42(12), pp. 1337-1339. (doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2014.08.008)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2014.08.008

Abstract

Use of purified water for the final rinse stage of disinfected endoscopes is an important element of quality control. We describe the detection and management of <i>Aspergillus fumigatus</i> contamination of a new reverse osmosis unit supplying 10 automated endoscope reprocessor basins. Prompt detection and reaction to this contaminant were possible because of the introduction of a comprehensive program for microbiological monitoring of rinse waters, which included total viable counts, endotoxin, conductivity, and <i>Pseudomonas</i> spp.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Smith, Professor Andrew and Khalsa, Mr Kamaljit
Authors: Khalsa, K., Smith, A., Morrison, P., Shaw, D., Peat, M., Howard, P., Hamilton, K., and Stewart, A.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing > Dental School
Journal Name:American Journal of Infection Control
Publisher:Elsevier Inc.
ISSN:0196-6553
ISSN (Online):1527-3296
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