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American Journal of Infection Control Study Validates ATP Testing for Monitoring Sanitation in Hospitals; Charm Sciences Test Verified

Lawrence, MA (PRWEB) December 13, 2012

A study(1) published in the American Journal of Infection Control validated that ATP testing is an effective tool for monitoring the cleanliness of hospital surfaces. ATP (adenosine triphosphate) detection systems measure the amount of organic materials in a sample, such as blood, mucus, bacteria, and viruses. When used to verify the cleanliness of hospital surfaces, ATP testing results indicate whether a surface needs to be re-cleaned or cleaning methods need to be changed.

The study concludes that ATP testing is effective in monitoring sanitation in hospitals. ATP is stable over a ten-day period, unperturbed by sanitizer, and is removed with effective cleaning.

In the study, hospital surfaces were treated with three representative bacteria and blood as biological sources of ATP. Three different ATP detection systems, Hygiena SystemSURE II™ with Ultrasnap™ swab, 3M Clean-Trace™ NG with UXC swab, and Charm Sciences novaLUM® with PocketSwab® Plus swab, were evaluated and compared.

Some of the study criteria used were the linearity of ATP detection, limit of detection, lack of interference from other substances, swabbing efficiency, clinical sensitivity, reportable range, measure of cleanliness after cleaning, and test variability. Of the three tests, only the Charm Sciences novaLUM and PocketSwab Plus system was verified for use in hospitals without protocol modification.

[1] Carmen V. Sciortino PhD, R. Allen Giles BS. Validation and comparison of three adenosine triphosphate luminometers for monitoring hospital surface sanitization: A Rosetta Stone for adenosine triphosphate testing. American Journal of Infection Control . October 2012. 40(08) e233-9.

About Charm Sciences, Inc.
Charm Sciences is a world leader provider of food safety, water quality and environmental diagnostics. Charm’s diagnostics portfolio includes test kits and systems for antibiotics, mycotoxins, pesticides, alkaline phosphatase, pathogens, end product microbial assessment, allergen control, water quality and ATP hygiene. Directly and through its network of distributors, Charm products serve the food, beverage, water, pharmaceutical, medical, personal care, environmental, and industrial markets in more than 100 countries. Customers rely on Charm products for excellence in quality, innovation and customer support.

© 2012 Charm, novaLUM and PocketSwab are registered trademarks of Charm Sciences, Inc. SystemSURE II is a registered trademark of Hygiena LLC, Camarillo, CA, Clean-Trace is a registered trademark of 3M Company St. Paul, MN.

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