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Heat disinfection of clinical waste: microbiological assessment and monitoring of effectiveness

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Kate Gould


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Simple, rapid and reproducible protocols are described for the microbiological assessment of clinical waste treatment processes, using Bacillus subtilis spore tests and end-product sampling. The use of these protocols to commission a new heat disinfection system (HDS), based on a hot oil-filled auger, and to monitor it over the first 21 months of operation is described. It is suggested that these protocols are suitable for assessment of other non-burn heat-treatment technologies.

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Author(s): Holliday MG, Ford M, Burrell P, Gould FK

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: British Journal of Biomedical Science

Year: 2000

Volume: 57

Issue: 2

Pages: 107-113

Print publication date: 01/01/2000

ISSN (print): 0967-4845

ISSN (electronic):

Publisher: Step Communications Ltd.


PubMed id: 10912283