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Research indicates that the disinfectant commonly used in hospitals is not any more successful at eliminating a superbug than plain water.
Based on the research, a primary chemical used for disinfecting in hospitals, chlorine (bleach), is ineffective against Clostridioides difficile (C. diff) which is responsible for the majority of cases of antibiotic-related illness in healthcare facilities globally.
A study conducted by the University of Plymouth revealed that even when exposed to high levels of bleach, the spores of the bacteria remain unaffected.
According to a study published in the Microbiology journal, individuals who are vulnerable and receive medical care in clinical settings may be at risk of unknowingly acquiring the superbug.
As antimicrobial resistance continues to increase globally, scientists are urging for immediate investigation into new approaches for disinfecting C. diff spores. This is necessary to stop the spread of infection in healthcare settings.
The superbug is responsible for causing symptoms such as diarrhea, colitis, and other intestinal issues. It is a widespread infection that affects millions of individuals worldwide annually.
According to Dr. Tina Joshi, an Associate Professor of Molecular Microbiology at the University of Plymouth, the prevalence of anti-microbial resistance is growing, leading to an increased danger from superbugs to human health.
However, this study does not prove that our clinical settings are free of germs and safe for both employees and patients. Instead, it brings attention to the fact that C. diff spores are capable of withstanding disinfection at the concentrations of active chlorine that are typically used and recommended.
This indicates that we require effective disinfectants and guidelines that align with the evolution of bacteria. The research should have a significant impact on current disinfection protocols in the global medical field.
Scientists examined how three strains of C. diff bacteria responded to three levels of sodium hypochlorite (a.k.a. bleach) commonly used in clinical settings.
The spores were placed on surgical scrubs and patient gowns and observed under microscopes to determine if there were any alterations.
The findings showed that surgical scrubs and patient gowns can still contain C. diff spores without any visible alterations.
According to researchers, this demonstrates the potential for these fabrics to spread spores.
The source is from the Independent website.