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

Robertson, A., Barrell, M. and Maillard, J.-Y. 2019. Combining detergent/disinfectant with microfibre material provides a better control of microbial contaminants on surfaces than the use of water alone. Journal of Hospital Infection 103 (1) , e101-e104. 10.1016/j.jhin.2019.05.005

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Abstract

The use of microfibre cloths with either water, detergent or disinfectant is currently recommended for hospital cleaning. We explore 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 spores Clostridium difficile spores. The use of detergent/disinfectant or sporicidal products had a significantly (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.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Pharmacy
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0195-6701
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 18 June 2019
Date of Acceptance: 14 May 2019
Last Modified: 22 May 2020 10:08
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/123553

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