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J Hosp Infect. 2019 May 18. pii: S0195-6701(19)30215-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jhin.2019.05.005. [Epub ahead of print]

Combining detergent/disinfectant with microfibre material provides a better control of microbial contaminants on surfaces than the use of water alone.

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1
School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK.
2
School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK. Electronic address: maillardj@cardiff.ac.uk.

Abstract

The use of microfibre cloths with either water, detergent or disinfectant is currently recommended for hospital cleaning. This study explored the efficacy of a microfibre cloth with either water or detergent/disinfectant or sporicidal products using the ASTM2967-15 standard against Staphylococcus aureus, Acinetobacter baumannii and Clostridium difficile spores. The use of detergent/disinfectant or sporicidal products had a significantly (analysis of variance (ANOVA), P<0.001) better activity than water alone in reducing bacteria and spores' viability, and in reducing the transfer microorganisms between surfaces. The use of water alone with a microfibre cloth is less effective and should not replace the use of biocidal products.

KEYWORDS:

Acinetobacter baumannii; Clostridium difficile spores; Detergent; Disinfection; Microfibre; Staphylococcus aureus

PMID:
31112729
DOI:
10.1016/j.jhin.2019.05.005

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