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Quaternary Ammonium Disinfectant Issues Encountered in an Environmental Services Department

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  27 November 2015

John M. Boyce*
Affiliation:
Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control Program, Yale New-Haven Hospital, New Haven, Connecticut Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
Linda Sullivan
Affiliation:
Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control Program, Yale New-Haven Hospital, New Haven, Connecticut
Arica Booker
Affiliation:
Environmental Services Department, Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Connecticut
James Baker
Affiliation:
Environmental Services Department, Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Connecticut
*
Address correspondence to John M. Boyce, MD, Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control, Yale-New Haven Hospital, 20 York Street, New Haven, CT 06510 (jmboyce69@gmail.com).

Abstract

We identified several factors affecting the use of quaternary ammonium-based (Quat) disinfectant in our facility. Microfiber wipers, cotton towels, and 1 of 2 types of disposable wipes soaked in a Quat disinfectant revealed significant binding of the disinfectant. Concentrations of Quat delivered by automated disinfectant dispensers varied widely.

Infect. Control Hosp. Epidemiol. 2016;37(3):340–342

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© 2015 by The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. All rights reserved 

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