Barrier Systems Better than Liquid at Preventing Contamination

8 February 2010 (Last Updated February 8th, 2010 18:30)

A sterile barrier system may prevent cross-contamination when patients' noses and throats are examined by flexible ENT scopes, new research has found. Microbial study results from the Boston University School of Medicine show that sterile disposable sheaths, when used with endoscopes, a

A sterile barrier system may prevent cross-contamination when patients' noses and throats are examined by flexible ENT scopes, new research has found.

Microbial study results from the Boston University School of Medicine show that sterile disposable sheaths, when used with endoscopes, are more advantageous than using a liquid germicidal system for disinfecting scopes between patient procedures.

Medical device manufacturer Medtronic said using the individually packaged disposable sheaths has been cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration.