Did You Know?
In what settings do MRSA skin infections occur?
• MRSA skin infections can occur anywhere.
• Some settings have factors that make it easier for MRSA to be transmitted.
• These factors, referred to as the 5 Cs, are as follows: Crowding, frequent skin-to-skin Contact, Compromised skin (i.e., cuts or abrasions), Contaminated items and surfaces, and lack of Cleanliness.
- Microbial Contents of Vacuum Cleaner Bag Dust and Emitted Bioaerosols and Their Implications for Human Exposure Indoors
This study aimed to evaluate bioaerosol emission from various vacuum cleaners, and possible health impacts.
- Study Discovers Copper Destroys Norovirus
Scientists from the University of Southampton have discovered that copper and copper alloys rapidly destroy highly-infectious norovirus.
- ATP as a Marker for Surface Contamination of Biological Origin in Schools and as a Potential Approach to the Measurement of Cleaning Effectiveness
Three commercially available adenosine triphosphate (ATP) test systems were used to collect multiple samples measured in relative light units (RLUs) from 27 elementary schools in the southwestern United States before and after a standardized cleaning protocol.
- Validation and Comparison of Three Adenosine Triphosphate Luminometers for Monitoring Hospital Surface Sanitization: a Rosetta Stone for Adenosine Triphosphate Testing
The goal of this study was to validate and compare 3 commercially available ATP luminometry, swab, rapid-test systems for use in hospital surface sanitization testing. Regulatory agencies may consider this a point-of-care laboratory test.
- Nasal Patency and Lavage Biomarkers in Relation to Settled Dust and Cleaning Routines in Schools
This study determined the relations between settled dust and cleaning routines in classrooms on one hand, and nasal symptoms, nasal cavity dimensions, and the concentration of selected biomarkers of inflammation in nasal lavage on the other.
- ISSA and the Cleaning Industry Research Institute (CIRI) - News About the Clean Standard
The goal of the Clean Standard is to provide schools with a useful tool that will help them objectively measure and monitor the level of cleanliness in their facilities thereby contributing to the quality of the indoor environment for the benefit of students and staff alike.
- The Effect of Terminal Cleaning on Environmental Contamination Rates of Multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter Baumannii
Cleaning significantly decreased environmental contamination of A baumannii; however, persistent contamination represents a significant risk factor for transmission. Further studies on this and more effective cleaning methods are needed.
- Validation and Comparison of Three Adenosine Triphosphate Luminometers for Monitoring Hospital Surface Sanitization: a Rosetta Stone for Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) Testing
The application of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) luminometry for monitoring sanitized hospital surfaces is an evolving infection control practice. The goal of this study is to validate and compare 3 commercially available ATP luminometry, swab, rapid-test systems for use in hospital surface sanitization testing. Regulatory agencies may consider this a point-of-care laboratory test; it is therefore imperative that validation criteria are established.
- Feasibility of Using Subject-Collected Dust Samples in Epidemiologic and Clinical Studies of Indoor Allergens
Studies of indoor allergen exposures are often limited by the cost and logistics of sending technicians to homes [or businesses] to collect dust. This study evaluated the feasibility of having subjects collect their own dust samples.
- Update on the Clean Standard: K-12
CIRI and ISSA are pleased to provide the following update on the development of the Clean Standard: K-12, and to inform interested persons of the next steps in this process.