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J Hosp Infect. 2017 Oct;97(2):196-199. doi: 10.1016/j.jhin.2017.06.022. Epub 2017 Jun 22.

Self-disinfecting surfaces and activity against Staphyloccocus aureus ATCC 6538 under real-life conditions.

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1
Division of Hygiene and Medical Microbiology, Department of Hygiene, Microbiology and Public Health, Medical University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria; Christian Doppler Laboratory for Invasive Fungal Infections, Innsbruck, Austria.
2
EGGER Holzwerkstoffe Wismar GmbH & CoKG, Wismar, Germany.
3
Division of Hygiene and Medical Microbiology, Department of Hygiene, Microbiology and Public Health, Medical University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria; Christian Doppler Laboratory for Invasive Fungal Infections, Innsbruck, Austria. Electronic address: astrid.mayr@i-med.ac.at.

Abstract

Environmental surface contamination provides a potential reservoir for pathogens to cause infections. As such, self-disinfecting surfaces have been developed to possibly reduce exogenous transmission. Five different self-disinfecting surfaces were evaluated for activity against Staphylococcus aureus ATCC 6538 under real-life conditions using the dry inoculation method. Various antimicrobial effects were detected. However, following disinfection with alcoholic wipes, these effects disappeared. Further development is necessary to produce self-disinfecting surfaces that are stable in the presence of hospital disinfectants, as it is impossible to guarantee that self-disinfecting surfaces in healthcare settings will not be exposed to disinfectants.

KEYWORDS:

Cross-transmission; Dry inoculation method; Environmental contamination; Healthcare-associated infections; Self-disinfecting surfaces; Staphylococcus aureus

PMID:
28647424
DOI:
10.1016/j.jhin.2017.06.022
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