Why Bleach Doesn’t Work
Most citations for disinfection of C. diff in the environment states that bleach should be used or compares against bleach. So my question is if bleach is so effective, why does C. diff continue to haunt us and sicken our patients? It is the fastest growing infection in our hospitals. The fact is that there are other chemicals that also work as sporicidals for C. diff as listed on the EPA K list. Other agents do work so why does bleach continue to be the mainstay?
A few reasons:
- Bleach is easy to obtain and is cheap.
- Bleach has been in the healthcare arena for many years.
- The smell is familiar and not viewed as harmful by users, although data would suggest that respiratory problems are common in healthcare workers.
How can SteraMist be incorporated or replace bleach in your facility? What are the numbers that will allow confidence in using SteraMist over bleach?
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