Sterilising instruments

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From:Alex Brown <> (by way of histonet)
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Hi All,
          I'm looking for advice / comments on the sterilising of
disecting instruments used for cut-up/take-in/grossing of histology
specimens.  We currently soak ours in 'Asep' ( a 2% gluteraldehyde
solution ). Due to safety regulations we keep being told we shouldn't be
using gluteraldehyde based solutions. It works well, doesn't corrode the
instruments, is on a ventilated bench (downdraft) and we always wear
gloves when handling it. Not good enough apparently !!  We've tried
'Virkon' (corroded the tools) our Control of Infection dept. doesn't
trust 'Trigene' and 'NuCidex' is too expensive.
Question :  What do you all use ???
 We did consider a benchtop washer/steriliser  -   Again too expensive
	All opinions / comments gratefully received,
		Alex Brown
		Crosshouse Hospital
		Kilmarnock, Scotland.

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