Hazardous bacteria that cause a specific threat to patients and sick patients in the hospital are shown to survive in disposable hospital gowns and stainless steel surfaces – even after they are clean.
The bacteria, called Clostridioides difficile or C. diff., Cause nearly one million infections per year in the United States, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 29,000 of those infected die.
The infection, spread through fecal oral transmission, causes severe diarrhea, and can lead to intestinal inflammation and kidney failure. The most dangerous ones are people who have been given strong antibiotics, as well as those who have long live hospitals, or those living in long-term facilities such as adults.
That means maintaining clean facilities is very important.
In the lab study, researchers found that C. diff was easily spread from disposable gowns that were often used in surgical or control over the infections of stainless steel and
"[bacteria] was They are also moved to vinyl flooring, which is very disturbing. We do not know they like, "says Tina Joshi, a lecturer in molecular microbiology at University of Plymouth in the United Kingdom and lead author of a new study.
These bugs are changing. These bugs want to stay one step. And even if we use disinfectants and antibiotics appropriately, they still will be resistant to time.
Furthermore, the bacteria did not die when researchers tried to kill them in concentrated chlorine disinfectants.
"Even though we apply 1,000 parts per million chlorine, it allows spores to survive in gowns," Joshi told NBC News.
It is possible that the increase in the amount of chlorine can kill spores, but if the spores are really resistant to the disinfectant, it will only be time before the stronger concentration may be & # 39; "These bugs are changing, these bugs want to stay in one step, and even if we use disinfectants and antibiotics appropriately, they still fight time." This is inevitable, "says Joshi.  C. Diff infections can occur when a patient is given extensive spectrum antibiotics to meet another infection.
Antibiotics may detonate bacteria of a person's bacteria, but the diffs live, which allows the spread of bacteria across the stroke, and eventually out of the stools. If a person has severe diarrhea, for example, the bacteria may be air and spread in a room It is when necessary to clean clothes, curtains, tables and beds.
If bacteria are not killed, hospital patients or nursing home patients may become infected when they engage in contaminated surfaces, such as bedside meals
But if traditional disinfectants are ineffective, as the new research indicates, what is it's morning?
One option is UV light, which can be useful in killing bacteria. However, it can be difficult to make sure that all surfaces are fully exposed to light. At this point, Joshi said the most pure bleaching is the best option.
For those who care for patients with compromised immune system at home, the C. Diff Foundation says the tar-based tar tar is the bacteria.
On its website, the group recommends the use of cleaning a cup of bleach in nine cups of water, leaving the mixture over at least 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, if C. diff Spores can survive gowns and other surfaces, it is also likely that they can survive in doctor coats and scrubs worn by hospital personnel throughout day.
"That's a real danger to controlling the infection, because spores can stay in the fibers. We have proven that in this paper," Joshi said.
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