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3M announces infection prevention solution

May 11, 2011
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ST. PAUL, MNAs part of its effort to offer a wide range of environmental hygiene solutions for health care facilities, 3M Infection Prevention has announced its 3MClean-Trace™ Hygiene Management System, according to a press release.

This solution is designed to help hospitals assess the cleanliness of a surface and validate the efficacy of cleaning protocols and worker performance in less than one minute, the release stated.

According to the press release, the Clean-Trace System detects adenosine triphosphate (ATP), a substance found in all living cells and present on any contaminated surface.

"During the last five to 10 years, there has been increasing appreciation for the fact that contaminated surfaces in the hospital can contribute to the transmission of health care-associated pathogens," said John Boyce, MD, chief of the Infectious Diseases Section at Hospital of Saint Raphael.

"While hand hygiene has long been recognized as one of the most important infection prevention practices, organizations such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognize the need to also pay attention to surfaces," Boyce added.

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