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Feasibility of Routinely Using Hydrogen Peroxide Vapor to Decontaminate Rooms in a Busy United States Hospital

Jonathan A. Otter , BSc, Matthew Puchowicz , BS, David Ryan , BS, James A. G. Salkeld , BEng, Timothea A. Cooper , RN, Nancy L. Havill , MT, Kathy Tuozzo , MSN and John M. Boyce , MD
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 30, No. 6 (June 2009), pp. 574-577
DOI: 10.1086/597544
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/597544
Page Count: 4
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Feasibility of Routinely Using Hydrogen Peroxide Vapor to Decontaminate Rooms in a Busy United States Hospital
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Abstract

During a 22‐month period at a 500‐bed teaching hospital, 1,565 rooms that had housed patients infected with multidrug‐resistant pathogens were decontaminated using hydrogen peroxide vapor. Hydrogen peroxide vapor decontamination required a mean time of 2 hours and 20 minutes, compared with 32 minutes for conventional cleaning. Despite the greater time required for decontamination, hydrogen peroxide vapor decontamination of selected patient rooms is feasible in a busy hospital with a mean occupancy rate of 94%.

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