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Cold Plasma Technology and Reducing Surface Bacterial Counts: A Pilot Study

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 January 2017

Tânia Claro
Affiliation:
Department of Clinical Microbiology, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
Roisin Fay
Affiliation:
Department of Clinical Microbiology, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
Conor Murphy
Affiliation:
School of Electronic Engineering and National Centre for Plasma Science Technology, Dublin, Ireland, City University, Dublin, Ireland
Niall O’Connor
Affiliation:
School of Electronic Engineering and National Centre for Plasma Science Technology, Dublin, Ireland, City University, Dublin, Ireland
Stephen Daniels
Affiliation:
School of Electronic Engineering and National Centre for Plasma Science Technology, Dublin, Ireland, City University, Dublin, Ireland
Hilary Humphreys*
Affiliation:
Department of Clinical Microbiology, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin, Ireland Department of Microbiology, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
*
Address correspondence to Prof Hilary Humphreys, Department of Clinical Microbiology, RCSI Education and Research Centre, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin D09 YD60, Ireland (hhumphreys@rcsi.ie).

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Footnotes

PREVIOUS PRESENTATION. Aspects of this data were presented at the 9th Healthcare Infection Society International Conference, Lyon, France, on November 17, 2014, and at the 25th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Copenhagen, Denmark on April 26, 2015.

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