Superbugs can remain on surgical gowns after disinfection

August 1, 2019

A study has found that surgical gowns can retain superbugs after being properly disinfected, according to an article on The Independent website.

Researchers tested single-use polypropylene surgical gowns infected with three strains of C difficile.

All strains of C difficile spores remained on the gowns after disinfection and did not reduce, allowing them to potentially transfer on to other items.­

As well as possibly upping the concentration of the biocide, the research highlights the need for appropriate hygiene practices, the study authors said.

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