The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America recently published an article which reported that in hospital studies, even after meticulous cleaning, surfaces at various patients’ bedsides became re- contaminated within hours of disinfection.
Hard surfaces such as the bed handrails and the call buttons were tested and found to have contamination in as little as 4-hours.
The tests were for multidrug- resistant organisms (MDROs) including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Candida auris (C auris). The hospital cleaning staff used various solutions and techniques including wiping down high-touch surfaces with hydrogen peroxide wipes.
Of course, the contents pros have far stronger solutions available than peroxide wipes, but if a patient is infected, his (her) hands, lips, even breath continues to re-infect hard and soft surfaces – and that is why the specialists have been taking a second look at solutions and coatings that claim to kill bacteria and viruses for up to 90 days once applied.
We’ll let you know our conclusions as soon as we have something worth sharing.