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    Friday, April 30, 2010

    Researchers say novel cleaning methods reduce hospital-room bacteria by nearly 90 percent.

    Two "studies on new cleaning methods show that they can reduce bacteria, including hard-to-remove Clostridium difficile spores, by almost 90 percent," according to research presented at the 49th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy in San Francisco. In the first study, cleaning with "ultramicrofiber mops and cloths plus copper biocide removed 85 percent of bacteria," and the "antibacterial effect of the copper biocide persisted for 23 hours after cleaning." In the second study, researchers used an "automated UV radiation device," the Tru-D, to "decontaminate hospital rooms. ... Tru-D reduced methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus bacteria by 89 percent and C. difficile spores by 83 percent" in 40 hospital rooms

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