27 May 2009 How to Select an Ideal Disinfectant
With the emergence of antibiotic-resistant organisms such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), vancomycin-resistant Enterococci (VRE), etc. and more virulent strains of well-known pathogens such as Clostridium difficile, the utilization of appropriate disinfectant products has become exceedingly important. However, there is much more to consider than simply if the product carries effectiveness against a particular organism. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s “Guideline for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities” (2008) has identified several of the key criteria that should be carefully measured when evaluating a disinfectant product or chemistry.