Measuring the impact of continuous disinfection strategies on environmental burden in outpatient settings: a prospective randomized controlled trial

The primary objective of this study by the CDC Epicenters Program, led by DCASIP Clinical Research Coordinator Bobby Warren, was to determine the effectiveness of two enhanced disinfection strategies compared to standard disinfection: “near-UV” light (Arm 1) and a persistent organosilane quaternary ammonium disinfectant (Arm 2) using a triple-blind study design. The secondary objective was to characterize environmental contamination of outpatient clinics.

Neither “near-UV” lights or a persistent organosilane quaternary ammonium disinfectant reduced environmental contamination in two outpatient clinics compared to control rooms but did reduce the number of clinically important pathogens (CIPs) recovered.

The entire free access article from Open Forum Infectious Diseases can be downloaded here