Clin Endosc.  2013 Jul;46(4):337-341.

A Review of Current Disinfectants for Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Reprocessing

  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, KEPCO Medical Center, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Internal Medicine, Kyung Hee University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 3Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Internal Medicine, Institute of Digestive Disease and Nutrition, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 4Department of Internal Medicine, Dongguk University College of Medicine, Gyeongju, Korea.
  • 5Department of Internal Medicine, Dongguk University Graduate School of Medicine, Goyang, Korea.
  • 6Digestive Disease Center and Research Institute, Department of Internal Medicine, Soonchunhyang University College of Medicine, Bucheon, Korea.
  • 7Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul St. Mary's Hospital, The Catholic University of Korea College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.


Gastrointestinal endoscopy is gaining popularity for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. However, concerns over endoscope-related nosocomial infections are increasing, together with interest by the general public in safe and efficient endoscopy. For this reason, reprocessing the gastrointestinal endoscope is an important step for effective performance of endoscopy. Disinfectants are essential to the endoscope reprocessing procedure. Before selecting an appropriate disinfectant, their characteristics, limitations and means of use must be fully understood. Herein, we review the characteristics of several currently available disinfectants, including their uses, potency, advantages, and disadvantages. Most disinfectants can be used to reprocess gastrointestinal endoscopes if the manufacturer's guidelines are followed. The selection and use of a suitable disinfectant depends on the individual circumstances of each endoscopy suite.


Endoscopy, gastrointestinal; Disinfectants; Reprocessing
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