Improved Eradication of Clostridium Difficile Spores From Toilets of Hospitalized Patients Using an Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide as the Cleaning Agent
Alfa M.J. et al. Clostridium difficile associated diarrhea (CDAD) is a significant problem in healthcare facilities world-wide. Since 2000 there has been an increase in the rates of C. difficile in some health care settings. This increase in CDAD has resulted in significant additional costs to the healthcare system. According to one study, in U.S. hospitals it is estimated that each case of CDAD in a hospital was associated with $3699.00 (USD) in excess healthcare costs and 3.6 extra days of hospitalization. The use of Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide® (AHP®) in this study shows that it is a useful alternative to bleach where C. difficile spores may exist. Unlike most disinfectant technologies, AHP is a very good cleaner, as well as a fast acting bactericidal and virucidal agent which simplifies the cleaning protocol for Environmental Services Staff as only one product needs to be used.
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