Efficacy of hypochlorous acid (HOCl) fog in sanitizing surfaces against Enterococcus faecalis

Source avec lien : American Journal of Infection Control, (En ligne). 10.1016/j.ajic.2022.03.009

Deux méthodes de nébulisation ultrasonique, pulsée et continue, ont été comparées sur des bactéries séchées sur des surfaces en aluminium ou en polystyrène. Nous avons caractérisé l’acide hypochloreux (HOCl) commercial et artisanal en ce qui concerne le stockage et les moyens de production.

Background: Fogging is an efficient method when disinfection of large areas is desired. Methods Two methods of ultrasonic fogging, pulsed and continuous, were compared on bacteria dried on either aluminum or polystyrene surfaces. We characterized commercial and home-made hypochlorous acid (HOCl) with respect to storage and means of production. Results We found that the initial chlorine concentration of the commercial solution was approximately 550 ppm, and when stored open under ambient conditions, the chlorine content decreased at a rate of 30% every 100 days. The HOCl produced using the home synthesizers had a maximum chlorine content of 257.6 ppm which decayed by 65% after 100 days. A second synthesizer produced a liquid with high chlorine content and pH, 750ppm and pH = 8.55. The anti-bacterial efficacy was probed using Enterococcus faecalis, a persistent source of infection in public and clinical spaces. Time course studies determined that E. faecalis could survive dry on surfaces for more than 12 weeks, but was easily eliminated in half the fogging time. Conclusions The most effective mode of application was determined to be continuous fogging where a 6.59 log reduction was established in vertical geometry. The optimal pulsed fogging protocol produced a similar reduction, but required nearly 5 times as long. The home synthesized versions yielded much lower log bacterial reductions. No significant differences in outcome were determined between polymer or metal surfaces.

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