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Regulations recommend the routine application of biochemical tests, such as the Ninhydrin or Biuret tests, to confirm the efficacy of hospital sterile service department (SSD) washer-disinfector cycles in removing proteinaceous material, particularly with respect to prions. The effectiveness of these methods relies on both the effective sampling of the(More)
Prion diseases or transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) are a group of rare, transmissible and fatal neurodegenerative diseases associated with the protein agent (PrP(Sc)). As such, the sensitive and rapid detection of prion PrP(Sc) amyloid on the surface of suspect surgical instruments is of great importance and may even allow remedial action to(More)
Iatrogenic transmission of prions through use of surgical instruments has been shown both experimentally and clinically. In addition, recent discoveries of prion protein accumulation in peripheral tissues such as appendix and muscle, and evidence suggesting human-to-human blood-borne transmission, have led to a concern that any residual soiling containing(More)
Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies are a group of fatal, neurodegenerative diseases commonly known as prion diseases. Prion diseases can resist traditional inactivation strategies and may be iatrogenically transmitted by surgical instruments through the human population. These properties have led to the need for a suitable detection method of the(More)
Increasing drying time adversely affects attachment of tissue proteins and prion-associated amyloid to surgical stainless steel, and reduces the efficacy of commercial cleaning chemistries. This study tested the efficacy of commercial humidity retention bags to reduce biofouling on surgical stainless steel and to improve subsequent cleaning. Surgical(More)
Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) are fatal neurodegenerative diseases with no cure to this day, and are often associated with the accumulation of amyloid plaques in the brain and other tissues in affected individuals. The emergence of new variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, an acquired TSE with a relatively long asymptomatic incubation period(More)
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