Dry Hydrogen Peroxide Effective in Managing Infection Transmission

Study examines surface decontamination methods in long-term care centers.

June 11, 2024

The spread of infectious pathogens is a persistent problem in long-term care facilities (LTCFs), with ineffective cleaning methods contributing to the spread of disease-causing germs.

A study presented earlier this month at the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) 2024 Annual Conference & Exhibition evaluated the effectiveness of dry hydrogen peroxide as a supplement to manual decontamination.

Researchers collected 264 microbial samples from eight patient rooms and two communal areas in a unit within an LTCF. They collected the samples before using dry hydrogen peroxide on surfaces, then 14, 28, and 55 days after the application of the disinfectant. Researchers also measured volatile organic compound (VOC) levels in each patient area on the dates samples were taken.

The study found a significant relationship between dry hydrogen peroxide application and a reduction of the microbial load on surfaces. In addition, the average VOC levels in patient areas were significantly lower than baseline levels after hydrogen peroxide application.

Researchers concluded that using dry hydrogen peroxide to disinfect surfaces can reduce the bioburden on surfaces, enhancing infection prevention efforts in LTCFs. Also, the lower VOC levels associated with hydrogen peroxide use can contribute to improved indoor air quality, which is essential in maintaining LTCF resident health and comfort.

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