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Evaluation of disinfectants and wiping substrates combinations to inactivate Staphylococcus aureus on Formica coupons

Published:November 16, 2018DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2018.09.011
      Effective disinfection in healthcare facilities prevents healthcare–associated infections. This study evaluated the ability of Environmental Protection Agency–approved disinfectants (quaternary ammonium compound, QAC; sodium hypochlorite, and hydrogen peroxide) applied with 3 wiping substrates (microfiber, nonwoven, and cotton) to remove Staphylococcus aureus from Formica surfaces. All treatments reduced S aureus on Formica squares with the exception of QAC applied with cotton and QAC, nondisinfectant, and control applied with a nonwoven cloth. Sodium hypochlorite or hydrogen peroxide applied with cotton or microfiber, respectively, may be the best choice for disinfection of Formica surfaces in healthcare settings.

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