Surface Spotlight: New Findings on Coating and Infection

By Dan Hounsell
June 8, 2021

Not everything in hospital infection control is related to COVID-19 these days. Research continues on a range of issues that have challenged environmental services (EVS) managers for years and will continue to as the pandemic subsides

Cleaning and disinfecting hospital surfaces never ceases to be a vexing problem for infection preventionists, EVS crews, sterile processing teams, and just about any health care professional trying to limit the spread of infections. Among the most recent research results is that Investigators found that Klorkleen 2 (KK2), an antibacterial surface coating, effectively limits the transmission of Staphylococcus aureus and Clostridium difficile in a laboratory setting, according to Infection Control Today.

The next steps are to evaluate product efficacy over time and under more realistic scenarios where surfaces are frequently touched, soil loads accumulate, and microbes are dried onto surfaces as part of the contamination and re-contamination cycle.

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