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Sporicides for Clostridium difficile – do they do what it says on the tin?

  • A.P. Fraise
    Correspondence
    University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Mindelsohn Way, Birmingham B15 2WB, UK. Tel.: +44 (0) 121 371 6177.
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    University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust, Birmingham, UK
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  • on behalf of theSporicidal Taskforce
Published:October 23, 2014DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhin.2014.09.015
      In 2011 a guest editorial in this Journal outlined the proposed activity of a joint taskforce of the Department of Health in England's Advisory Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection (ARHAI) and the Healthcare Infection Society.
      • Wilcox M.H.
      • Fraise A.P.
      • Bradley C.R.
      • Walker J.
      • Finch R.G.
      Sporicides for Clostridium difficile: the devil is in the detail.
      This taskforce aimed to develop a standard methodology for the laboratory testing of disinfectants which claim to have activity against Clostridium difficile spores. Secondary aims were to develop a network of laboratories with the technical expertise to perform these tests and to develop an external quality assurance (QA) scheme.
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