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American Journal of Infection Control Releases ARTA C. diff Study

Peer-reviewed work reveals per acetic acid kills C. diff in study replicating action of tunnel washer

MISSION, Kan. — The American Reusable Textile Association (ARTA) reports that its study on the effectiveness of per acetic acid (PAA) to kill Clostridioides difficile (C. diff) spores has been published in the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC) and is now available for download. 

ARTA purchased Open Access download rights for the study, “The efficacy of a simulated tunnel washer process on removal and destruction of Clostridioides difficile spores from healthcare textiles,” which means the public is able to access this study at: www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0196655319304638.

AJIC is a peer-reviewed scientific journal produced by the Association for Prevention and Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

“The ability to kill C. diff in healthcare textiles is critical for professional laundries and ARTA has therefore purchased Open Access for this article, which means everyone can easily download and read the study," says ARTA President Brendan O’Neill of London Hospital Linen Service, London, Ontario. 

O’Neill adds that this is an important study to share with healthcare clients. He also shares that ARTA will begin work on a follow-up study in 2020.

The published study was funded by ARTA and conducted with assistance from Accuratus Lab. ARTA wishes to thank the authors of the study: Kevin McLaren and Steve Tinker, Gurtler Industries; Ed McCauley, UHS; Brendan O’Neill, London Hospital Textile Service; and Lynne Sehulster, PhD, Environmental Infection Prevention, LLC. 

Nancy Jenkins, executive director of ARTA, served as project manager for the study.