Medline announced the first EPA-registered product that kills Candida auris, an emerging pathogen.
The multidrug resistant fungus can cause serious infections and has a mortality rate of 35%. Medline said its Micro-Kill Bleach Germicidal Bleach Wipes have been certified to kill the fungus on hard, non-porous surfaces.
“Candida auris has emerged as a new and alarming threat, and until now healthcare providers and environmental staff had no proven tools to combat it. What we’ve shown with the Micro-Kill Bleach Germicidal wipes is an effective way to disinfect hospital surfaces, where C. auris tends to be persistence in the environment,” said Rosie D. Lyles, M.D., director of clinical affairs at Medline. “Through the collective work of Medline’s infection prevention team, we’ve developed a way to effectively reduce cross contamination of C. auris using Micro-kill bleach and proper hand hygiene.”
It’s recommended that EVS associates use the wipes as part of infection prevention-informed room turnovers, and that nurses can use them on medical equipment and high-touch surfaces.