This is summary text with custom H2 styling. See: 70% Alcohol Battles Against Super Bacteria? & 2018 USP Sterile Compounding Revisions
Educating practitioners and patients on the when, where, and why of hand sanitization within healthcare facilities has led to a pronounced decline in MRSA and HAIs for the greater part of the last 20 years. Meanwhile, “what” we wash our hands with may require new solutions.
Studies Show Super-Bacteria with 10x Resistance to Alcohol Disinfection (IPA) than In Previous Decades
Genetic Mutations in E. Faecium
Bacterial genomic signatures showed a mutation in genes with altered carbohydrate uptake and metabolism function. 70% alcohol destabilizes a unicellular organisms membrane, therefore rendering bacteria inert. If bacteria were to mutate in a way that its lipid or protein composition would change, alcohol would lose efficacy. If genetic selection increases membrane resistance without hindering primary cell functions, super-resistance is likely. Consequently, the standard contact times associated with disinfection may increase, thus hindering the fast acting advantages of isopropyl alcohol solutions.