Objective: It was hypothesized that there would be less surface contamination if H2O2 disinfectant was employed. To test this technology in a healthcare setting, units were installed in test (T) rooms. Environmental culturing was performed in T and control (C) rooms (Rs) and results compared.
Methods: 3 T and 3 CRs were selected on a high risk unit where on average 59% of patients are colonized with at least1 significant pathogen. All Rs were occupied and routine activities and care was provided. Units were installed, activated, and inspected to verify placement and function. H2O2 sampling was done using OSHA ID 126SG (impinger, with titanium oxysulfate solution) methodology and environmental culturing was performed on 4 horizontal surfaces (floor, bedside table, call button and door) in T and CRs for 3 consecutive days prior to daily cleaning. Sites were swabbed with a moistened culturette using a 1 inch2 template and sent to an external lab (U.S. Micro-Solutions, Inc., Greensburg, PA). Bacteria and fungi were identified and quantitated (reported in CFU/in2). Colony counts in T and CRs were compared.
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|SAMPLE VOLUME (L)||Hydrogen Peroxide (PPM)|
|OSHA Permissible Exposure limit: 1.0 ppm.|
|Test Rooms (CFUs/in2) ||Control Rooms (CFUs/in2)|
- Overall, the test rooms demonstrated less surface contamination than control rooms.
- All sites in the test rooms had counts ≤ 42 CFUs/in2
- Of tested sites, call buttons had the highest contamination in control rooms but other sites tested in control rooms were not significantly different to tesdtroom sites.
- Further investigation of this technology is merited.