APIC publishes peer-reviewed study
BOISE, ID — The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology Inc. (APIC) has published a peer-reviewed study that validates steam vapor with Thermo Accelerated Nano Crystal Sanitation (TANCS) technology, according to a press release.
The study, entitled "Reduction in the microbial load on high-touch surfaces in hospital rooms by treatment with a portable saturated steam vapor disinfection system," concluded that TANCS-equipped steam vapor units "reduced bacterial levels by greater than 90 percent and reduced pathogen levels on most surfaces to below the detection limit" within only a few seconds of treatment, the release stated.
According to the release, the study was carried out in eight occupied rooms of a long-term care wing of a hospital.
Researchers reported that "the steam vapor device consistently reduced total microbial and pathogen loads on hospital surfaces, to below detection in most instances" and that the system "provides a means to reduce levels of microorganisms on hospital surfaces without the drawbacks associated with chemicals," the release noted.
The study report was published online June 8, 2011 by the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC), the release added.
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