C. difficile persists on hospital gowns despite use of disinfectant

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Stainless steel and surgical gowns remain contaminated with Clostridium difficile even after treatment with the recommended disinfectant, according to new research.

This research stemmed from a case in a US hospital where hospital gowns were suspected to be contributing to the transmission of C. difficile and were found to be infected with the 027 strain.

The study, published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, examined the ability of C. difficile to adhere to and transfer from hospital gowns, stainless steel and vinyl flooring. The researchers applied spores in sterilized water to the gowns at a concentration of 1 million/ml for 10 seconds, 30 seconds, 1 minute, 5 minutes and 10 minutes. This was intended to mimic transfer of infectious bodily fluids in the clinical setting.

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