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Health Building Note (HBN) 00-01, HBN 00-10 – Part B Ceilings and Walls states that although biocides are available for these surfaces, no current testing proves they are effective in reducing HAIS.  Research shows biocides actually help microbes become resistant to common antimicrobials.  We are at a critical point with antibiotic resistance increasing, and no alternatives that can effectively counter this problem.  By using biocides so frequently, there is a concern that we may be making the situation worse.

Tests prove current biocides, particularly silver, are no more effective than the physical removal of microbes from walls and floors. Silver biocides can take up to two hours to completely eradicate microbes on a surface, giving a false sense of security and endangering health by allowing microbes to build resistance to biocides.  Additionally, floors and walls have minimal exposure to microbes, making it unnecessary to include biocides in these surfaces.  

At Altro, we have decided to remove biocides from our floors and walls as independent testing has shown they are not effective in these surfaces.

Clean and safe

A good cleaning regime, which is essential in any hygienic environment, can keep floors and walls clean without risking the spread of microbes.

In the United States, where legislation in different states has limited or even banned the use of biocides, improvements in hygiene have actually led to a decrease in HCAIs.

The most critical factor for infection control and prevention is hand hygiene; we are recommending good hand hygiene as essential in preventing the spread of infection.

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Altro Aquarius and Altro Whiterock in patient bathroom