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Evaluation of the efficacy and influence of the decontamination and sterilization of FBGs exposed to S. aureus and E. coli
Author(s): Leandro Z. Karam; Ana Paula G. O. Franco; Paulo Tomazinho; Luciana Signorini; Lídia Carvalho; Maria H. Fernandes; Mildred B. Hecke; Hypolito J. Kalinowski
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Paper Abstract

The FBGs (Fibre Bragg Grating) are adequate sensors for measuring strain in biomedical applications. This work evaluates the efficacy of some products and processes, which are used for the decontamination and sterilization of these sensors. Fibre optic samples, partially stripped of the primary coating, were contaminated by E. coli and S. aureus and suffered decontamination processes by autoclave heating, immersion in ethylene oxide, sodium hypochlorite, chloramine T or peracetic acid and illumination ultra-violet radiation. After each process fibre samples were removed, washed in sterile saline and placed individually in BHI broth tubes. Tubes that showed turbidity of the BHI broth were considered positive. The sterilization practices by heating and immersionand avoided the formation of bacteria colonies, whereas illumination processes were not effective to avoid the bacteria colony growth.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 July 2011
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8001, International Conference on Applications of Optics and Photonics, 800134 (26 July 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.892192
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Leandro Z. Karam, Federal Univ. of Technology of Paraná (Brazil)
Ana Paula G. O. Franco, Pontifical Catholic Univ. of Parana (Brazil)
Paulo Tomazinho, Positivo Univ. (Brazil)
Luciana Signorini, Positivo Univ. (Brazil)
Lídia Carvalho, Instituto Politécnico de Saúde do Norte (Portugal)
Maria H. Fernandes, Univ. of Porto (Portugal)
Mildred B. Hecke, Univ. Federal of Paraná (Brazil)
Hypolito J. Kalinowski, Federal Univ. of Technology of Paraná (Brazil)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8001:
International Conference on Applications of Optics and Photonics
Manuel Filipe Costa, Editor(s)

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