Influence of delivery system on the efficacy of low concentrations of hydrogen peroxide in the disinfection of common healthcare-associated infection pathogens

N.J. Amaeze, M.U. Shareef, F.L. Henriquez, C.L. Williams, W.G. MacKay*

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Abstract

Introduction
The ability of healthcare-associated infection pathogens to survive on environmental surfaces is well known. Disinfection is employed to reduce or remove these pathogens but disinfection failures still occur. One method with the potential to improve disinfection efficacy is whole-room disinfection with hydrogen peroxide (H2O2).
Aim
To determine the influence of delivery system on the efficacy of low-concentration H2O2 on common healthcare-associated infection pathogens.
Methods
SanoStatic (electrostatic spray) was compared with SanoFog (fogging) in terms of performance for delivery of 5% H2O2 and trace silver ions for disinfection. The bacterial test challenges were vancomycin-resistant Enterobacterales (VRE), extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL)-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae (ESBLK), carbapenemase-producing Enterobacterales (CPE), meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Clostridium difficile spores, Bacillus atropheus and Geobacillus stearothermophilus commercial spore strips.
Findings
SanoFog and SanoStatic were effective when tested under the conditions of experimentation reported here. For VRE, ESBLK, CPE and MRSA, SanoFog and SanoStatic were comparable in performance. For C. difficile we concluded the following: SanoFog was most effective for disinfection of C. difficile spores when compared to SanoStatic.
Conclusion
Whereas SanoFog and SanoStatic were effective against bacterial cells, the current practice of using SanoFog and SanoStatic together would be effective for disinfection of C. difficile spores based on investigations under the conditions of experimentation reported here. The spore strips results were not comparable to the results either for the vegetation cells (VRE, ESBLK, CPE, and MRSA) or for C. difficile spores.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-195
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Hospital Infection
Volume106
Issue number1
Early online date26 Jun 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2020

Keywords

  • disinfectant testing
  • hydrogen peroxide
  • healthcare-associated infection
  • infection control
  • clostridium difficile

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