Hospital gowns ‘retain superbugs after being disinfected’

Surgical gowns used in hospitals retain superbugs after being treated with the recommended amount of disinfectant, a study has found.

Researchers tested single-use hospital surgical gowns made of polypropylene that had been infected with three different strains of C difficile.

They treated the gowns for 10 minutes with disinfectant containing 1,000 parts per million of chlorine – the amount and time recommended by the Department of Health and Social Care.

All strains of C difficile spores remained on the gowns and did not reduce, allowing them to potentially transfer on to other items…
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