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Chirurg. 1997 Mar;68(3):264-8; discussion 269-70.

[Effectiveness of alcoholic hand disinfectants against methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus].

[Article in German]

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Institut für Hygiene, Universitätsklinikum Benjamin Franklin, Freie Universität Berlin.

Abstract

In order to determine the efficacy of hand disinfectants based on alcohol against three MRSA strains and 3 methicillin-susceptible S. aureus strains (MSSA), 1-propanol (60%) as well as Sterillium and Spitaderm were investigated in the quantitative suspension test at various dilutions and reactions times (15, 30 and 60s). All undiluted disinfectants revealed reduction factors > 6 against MRSA and MSSA after 30s. Diluted disinfectants (50%) were significantly less effective against MRSA at short reaction times (15 s) (p < 0.05). Sterillium in a dilution of 50% did not reach 5 reduction factors against either MRSA or MSSA after 30 s. The impact of an appropriate use of hand disinfectants in order to break chains of infections with MRSA is obvious.

PMID:
9198570
DOI:
10.1007/s001040050185
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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