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Evaluation of ATP Bioluminescence Assays for Potential Use in a Hospital Setting

  • Zoie A. Aiken (a1), Michael Wilson (a1) and Jonathan Pratten (a1)

ATP bioluminescence is being applied in hospitals to measure surface contamination. We compared commercial luminometers for detecting the number Staphylococcus aureus associated with surfaces. The data showed that the ATP bioluminescence methods tested were not robust enough to generate quantitative data on bacterial numbers, especially at low concentrations.

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Division of Microbial Diseases, UCL Eastman Dental Institute, 256 Gray's Inn Road, London, WCIX 8LD, United Kingdom, (
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Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology
  • ISSN: 0899-823X
  • EISSN: 1559-6834
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