Evaluation of Disinfectants/Wiping Substrates Combinations to Inactivate Staphylococcus Aureus on Formica Coupons

      Background: Healthcare associated infections can occur through environmental transmission in healthcare facilities due to improper cleaning and disinfection practices. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved disinfectants are currently the standard used by hospitals in the United States, but there is limited information on the effectiveness when used with different wiping substrates. This study evaluates the effect of 4 EPA approved disinfectants (quaternary ammonium, chlorine, hydrogen peroxide, and non-disinfectant) applied using three types of wiping substrates (microfiber, non-woven disposable cleaning wipes, and cotton) against Staphylococcus aureus on Formica™ coupons.
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