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Author: Kampf G. (2013) Source: Speech and poster given at the 10th Ulm Symposium on Nosocomial Infection, March 2013, and the 2nd International Conference on Prevention & Infection Control (ICPIC), Geneva, 2013.

STUDY

Kampf G. (2013)

Safe reprocessing of wipes dispensers for surface disinfectants

Background: Signs of wear and tear and residue in wipes dispensers that have been used with surface-active, aldehyde-free disinfectants for months or years make dispenser reprocessing difficult. And this again can result in contamination of the wipes dispensers. Kampf investigated the microbial contamination of dispensers and determined suitable methods for safe reprocessing of wipes dispensers.

Methods: Each procedure was conducted with at least three dispensers. The study examined both contaminated dispensers from clinical practice and artificially contaminated dispensers. The tests were carried out under practical conditions: dispensers were filled with wipe rolls and a surface-active, aldehyde-free surface disinfectant. Standing time was 28 days at room temperature. The disinfection solution was sampled for microbial examination on the 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th day.

Results: In these latest examinations, a simple manual reprocessing proved to be effective in preventing recontamination over a standing time of 28 days. The study confirms that automated reprocessing and the two manual procedures previously assessed as effective in investigations by Kampf are also safe for wipes dispensers.

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Source:
Speech and poster given at the 10th Ulm Symposium on Nosocomial Infection, March 2013, and the 2nd International Conference on Prevention & Infection Control (ICPIC), Geneva, 2013.