C. difficile is a Gram positive bacillus transmitted by the faecal-oral route. Healthy individuals become asymptomatic carriers. But after antibiotic administration, the vegetative C. difficile bacillus proliferates, forming spores.The patient then manifests symptomatic C. difficile infection (CDI) and sheds spores faecally.
The spores adhere to linen, fingertips and surfaces, from where they are transferred. Medical treatment of CDI involves another antibiotic, vancomycin, and surgical treatment is associated with poor outcomes. Prevention is the best treatment.
Sporicide Plus™ does not bleach or degrade surfaces. It disinfects without creating destructive microcracks that harbour pathogens. And unlike quaternary ammonium (quat) chemicals, it does not leave a residual buildup on surfaces.
Sporicide Plus™ biodegrades to just oxygen and water, leaving no residual active for C. difficile to interact with. This is important because prolonged exposure to low levels of disinfectant residue are thought to be necessary for organisms to develop resistance.
Sporicide Plus™ is an oxidiser. It interacts with micro-organisms through multiple modes of action. Even if a bacterium could develop resistance to one route of attack, it is unlikely that it could evolve resistance to multiple modes of attack simultaneously.
Some C. difficile strains are able to form a biofilm matrix that allows them to communicate and evolve. Bacteriae within biofilms are more resistant to high levels of vancomycin, giving them significant intractability. Biofilm occurs on surfaces that are constantly bathed in fluid (traditional biofilm in sinks and drains) and on cyclically wet and dry surfaces (“buildup biofilm” on endoscopes and ultrasound probes).¹ Thus choosing the right sporicide is critical. GE Healthcare recently approved AHP for ultrasound probes disinfection, illustrating its suitability on valuable surfaces.
Remember the “3Ps” of disinfection:
- The right product: Sporicide Plus™ kills C. difficile in 1 minute2 without damaging surfaces
- The right process: Use Sporicide Plus™ liquid for general cleaning. Use Sporicide Plus™ Wipes on high-touch surfaces at the point of care
- Proof: Validate disinfection with a fluorescent ink audit tool such as Vericlean™.
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