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Over the past two decades, there has been a sharp increase in the understanding of how pathogens survive on surfaces. Common nosocomial pathogens such as Clostridium difficile and meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus have shown the ability to survive on surfaces far longer than anyone previously suspected. Additionally, more and more studies are showing that standard manual cleaning of hospital rooms and bays are only so effective at removing pathogens. In fact, patients admitted to a room where the previous occupant had a Clostridium difficile infection are 58% more likely to acquire an infection themselves. 

The role of no-touch automated decontamination systems are becoming increasingly important in providing more efficient methods of room terminal cleaning. But with a wealth of options to choose from, how do you know which is best? We believe that the most important thing about these systems is that they must be able to prove that they can kill microorganisms. 

Over the past few months, a new section has appeared on the Bioquell website, which looks specifically at the efficacy of our hydrogen peroxide vapour (HPV) decontamination system against a host of well-known bacteria, viruses and fungi. We have been conducting efficacy studies for many years, but this new section intends to make the data and published studies more readily available for those who want to find out more.

The efficacy section is broken down into various subsections, with areas dedicated to bacteria, viruses and fungi. With a helpful introduction into the different structures found within these micro-organisms, the site leads the user through to our large library of efficacy studies which have been published in highly respected journals over the past decade. 

For those interested in the quick facts, our most commonly featured pathogens can be easily found and there are links to the relevant studies and papers. Alternatively, for those interested in the science behind the facts there are links to our microbiology pages, which provide more detailed information about how the microorganisms behave and survive.

Bioquell has efficacy on over 60 different species, and all of these can be found in our Efficacy Document which can be downloaded from the website. If that is not enough, in the coming week there will be new sections on biofilms; reviews of recently published papers; and a look at how Bioquell’s HPV compares to other systems on the market. Keep an eye on the website to see when these go live.

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