Applanation tonometer tip sterilization for adenovirus type 8

Earl Randy Craven, S. L. Butler, J. P. McCulley, J. P. Luby

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Eighty-nine ophthalmologists in the Dallas-Fort Worth area were surveyed to find the methods used to sterilize applanation tonometer tips. Sixteen different methods were in use, with the most popular being alcohol wipes (26%) and diluted sodium hypochlorite soak (23%). Six of the most frequently used sterilization techniques were evaluated for removal of type 8 adenovirus applied to sterile tonometer tips. Adenovirus was removed or inactivated from applanation tonometer tip surfaces by using one of the following techniques: soaking inoculated tips for 15 minutes in diluted sodium hypochlorite (1:10 household bleach), 3% hydrogen peroxide, or 70% isopropyl alcohol; or wiping with alcohol 'prep pads,' 1:1000 merthiolate, or dry tissues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1538-1540
Number of pages3
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology

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Craven, E. R., Butler, S. L., McCulley, J. P., & Luby, J. P. (1987). Applanation tonometer tip sterilization for adenovirus type 8. Ophthalmology, 94(12), 1538-1540.