Study Shows Repopulation Rate of Hospital Disinfected Microbes

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A study out of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC has discovered that dangerous microbes like staphylococci can return to its native area after being disinfected. In this case the area used in the study were hospital beds and bed rails. The study reveals that in as little as three hours after an area has been cleaned, microbes can start to repopulate.

 

The study concludes that while disinfected areas reduced the bacterial burden by up to 99%, the microbes (primarily staphylococci) returned quickly to the previous pre-disinfected level.

 

With Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI’s) taking the lives of almost 100,000 people annually, we need to better understand the causes as well as the possible solutions. This study shows how important consistent cleaning practices are in health care facilities. It also makes a case for a product that remains active on a treated surface for over one year. NanoTech Spray from Eco Applicators can be a key part of the solution for this serious issue.

 

References
Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC 29425, USA.. (2012, February 22). Intrinsic bacterial burden associated wi… [Am J Infect Control. 2012] – PubMed – NCBI. National Center for Biotechnology Information. Retrieved April 28, 2013, from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22361357

 

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