SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online

 
vol.46 issue2In defense of society: the invention of palliative care and the production of subjectivitiesA non-pharmacologic treatment to relieve breast engorgement during lactation: an integrative literature review author indexsubject indexarticles search
Home Pagealphabetic serial listing  

Services on Demand

Journal

Article

Indicators

Related links

Share


Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP

Print version ISSN 0080-6234

Abstract

SOUZA, Rafael Queiroz de; TORRES, Lilian Machado; GRAZIANO, Kazuko Uchikawa  and  TURRINI, Ruth Natália Teresa. Microorganisms of the Coccidia subclass: resistance and implications for the aseptic processing of healthcare products. Rev. esc. enferm. USP [online]. 2012, vol.46, n.2, pp.466-471. ISSN 0080-6234.  https://doi.org/10.1590/S0080-62342012000200027.

This theoretical study proposes a reflection on the intrinsic resistance of the subclass Coccidia, particularly the genus Cryptosporidium, considered to be potential pathogens for immunocompromised patients, and the implications for nursing practice. Currently, the international and national guidelines support the chemical disinfection of digestive system endoscopes after their cleansing as a safe and effective procedure. However, studies show that microorganisms of the subclass Coccidia, namely Cryptosporidium, responsible for enteric infection, are more resistant than mycobacteria and are not inactivated by high-level disinfectants, except for hydrogen peroxide 6% and 7.5%, which are not currently available in Brazil. We conclude that the legislation should include this agent among test microorganisms for approving high-level disinfectants. Health authorities should make efforts to ensure that healthcare institutions have access to effective disinfectants against Cryptosporidium.

Keywords : Disinfection; Endoscopes; Cross infection; Coccidia; Immunocompromised host.

        · abstract in Portuguese | Spanish     · text in Portuguese     · Portuguese ( pdf )

 

Creative Commons License All the contents of this journal, except where otherwise noted, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License