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Does Organic Material on Hospital Surfaces Reduce the Effectiveness of Hypochlorite and UV Radiation for Disinfection of Clostridium difficile?

An organic load of 5%-10% fetal calf serum significantly reduced hypochlorite and UV radiation killing of Clostridium difficile spores, but organic material collected from hospital surfaces did not affect hypochlorite and only modestly affected UV killing of spores. Hypochlorite reduced aerobic microorganisms on unclean surfaces with no wiping.

Author: Zhang A, Nerandzic MM, Kundrapu S, Donskey CJ

Citation: Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2013 Oct;34(10):1106-8. doi: 10.1086/673148.

Published: 29/08/2013

Publication Type: Journal article

Publisher: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology