Laundry Disinfectant Against Clostridium Difficile

Controlling Clostridium difficile1  or C. diff is required to be one of the leading causes of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) –  is a major operational challenge for both the healthcare and commercial laundry industries.

Estimates show that C. diff caused half a million infections in the U.S. and with 29,000 deaths, it is estimated to result a mortality rate of more than three deaths every hour. The prevalence of the organism presents numerous challenges as to prevention and containment. The spores can survive for weeks on a variety of surfaces, including soft surfaces such as bed linens. To help hospitals combat the rise of C. diff infections, Ecolab Inc. has developed AdvaCare™ Disinfectant, the first laundry disinfectant with claims against C. diff. It is claimed to kill spores of C. diff and has received U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approval for this laundry disinfection claim.

“Preventing HAIs is essential for patient safety and the overall success of a healthcare facility,” said Chris Smith, vice president and general manager, Textile Care for North and South America. “With an increasing number of pathogen sources being recognized in healthcare settings, protection of patients is top priority. AdvaCare Disinfectant is said to minimize the risk of transmitting HAIs by killing microorganisms of concern2 on the linen and preventing cross-contamination in the wash water.” AdvaCare Disinfectant is registered in all 50 states of the United States. The concentrate formulation is approved for use in commercial, institutional, healthcare and industrial laundry operations. In addition to protecting against harmful organisms, AdvaCare Disinfectant could be effective and sustainable as oxidizer solution, producing whiter whites and extending linen life.

Source: Ecolab Inc.