Johns Hopkins Hospital Study Shows Hydrogen Peroxide Vapor Technology Reduces Patient Risk of Superbug Infection

January 3, 2013

A new study published in this month’s issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases “demonstrates that patients admitted to hospital rooms decontaminated using Bioquell hydrogen peroxide vapor technology, rather than standard cleaning protocols, were significantly less likely to acquire multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs), or so-called hospital superbugs.”

The research was conducted by infection control experts at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Bioquell system utilizes automated devices that disperse Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered sterilant into the surrounding air and onto surfaces.

Previous research has shown that being admitted to a hospital room where the previous patient was infected or colonized with an MDRO, such as Clostridium difficile, methicillin-resistantStaphylococcus aureus (MRSA)or vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE), increases the subsequent patient’s chance of acquisition. The objective of this study was to determine whether the Bioquell system, which has been shown to eliminate surface contamination in patient rooms, could negate this risk. Researchers found that patients admitted to rooms decontaminated using the automated technology were 64% less likely to acquire MDROs compared to patients admitted to rooms disinfected using conventional methods, such as mopping with bleaching agents.

“The findings indicate that Bioquell hydrogen peroxide vapor disinfection should be implemented in high-risk environments to maximize patient safety,” said James Salkeld, head of healthcare at Bioquell. “Before this research, hospitals had legitimately asked whether they could afford the 90 minutes it takes to perform a Bioquell cycle. With the study showing acquisition being reduced by over 50% in patients admitted to decontaminated rooms, this begs a new question: can they afford not to?”

Source:  Press ReleaseJohns Hopkins Hospital Study Shows Hydrogen Peroxide Vapor Technology Reduces Patient Risk of Superbug Infection.



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