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

Andrew Zhang BA, Michelle M. Nerandzic BS, Sirisha Kundrapu MD and Curtis J. Donskey MD
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 34, No. 10 (October 2013), pp. 1106-1108
DOI: 10.1086/673148
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/673148
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Does Organic Material on Hospital Surfaces Reduce the Effectiveness of Hypochlorite and UV Radiation for Disinfection of Clostridium difficile?
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Abstract

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.

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