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Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP

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Abstract

SOUSA, Cristina Silva et al. Sterilization with ozone in health care: an integrative literature review. Rev. esc. enferm. USP [online]. 2011, vol.45, n.5, pp. 1243-1249. ISSN 0080-6234.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0080-62342011000500030.

The objective of this integrative literature review was to find evidence to support using ozone as a sterilizing agent for health products. The search was performed on the following bases: MEDLINE, SCOPUS, COCHRANE, COMPENDEX, INSPEC and ENGINEERING RESEARCH DATABASE; using ozone and sterilization as descriptors. Five articles were found between 1990 and 2008, which tested ozone as a sterilizer. All studies used the same type of investigation (experimental laboratory study) and achieved sterilization with ozone, but with different scopes and products, besides using different methodological procedures. Considering the ever-growing technology for new products, with the vast range of forms and materials, the findings point at ozone sterilization as a promising method, but still in an initial phase of investigation. Further experimental studies are needed to provide broader evidence regarding the possibilities and limitations of ozone sterilization.

Keywords : Ozone; Sterilization; Nursing.

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