“ATP testing detects non-visible surface or fluid contamination via using the ATP that is present to ‘fire’ a synthetic version of the bioluminescence chemistry found in fireflies,” said Midbrook Technology Center Director Jack Griffes.
“A reagent is used to force ATP out of the cells where it then interacts with the bioluminescence chemistry, allowing us to get a quick reading of how much ATP is present on the surface,” said Griffes.
The swab method of testing used by Midbrook works within minutes, which allows for quick correction of decontamination problems.
“In medical environments, it’s important to work quickly and remedy any decontamination failures,” said Crowley. “These decontamination tests return a result in about three minutes, so any issue can be rapidly identified and workers in the facility can begin working on a solution to the issue.”
“Our goal is always to develop decontamination or cleaning processes that achieve consistent, repeatable results,” said Crowley.
“With our new ATP swab testing to deploy in the medical field, we are confident that we will be able to achieve that goal and help facilities meet their decontamination goals.”
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