The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Hydrogen Peroxide Fumigation, Part 1: Introduction to Hydrogen Peroxide Fumigation

Kümin, Daniel; Gsell Albert, Monika; Weber, Benjamin; Summermatter, Kathrin (2020). The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Hydrogen Peroxide Fumigation, Part 1: Introduction to Hydrogen Peroxide Fumigation. Applied biosafety, 25(4), pp. 214-224. Sage 10.1177/1535676020921007

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Introduction:

When working with pathogens in laboratories, animal or production facilities, and even hospitals, the potential need for room fumigation for decontamination purposes must be taken into consideration. Questions regarding the choice of fumigant, technical aspects of the room, its ventilation, the fumigation system to be used, and other issues will arise and will have to be addressed.
Methods:

This article is based on literature searches and was compiled using the authors’ long-time personal experience in room and filter fumigation using various fumigation systems.
Results:

The article can be used as a guide to establish an effective fumigation system in a laboratory or an animal facility setting and may be adapted for use in hospitals. Different systems for hydrogen peroxide fumigation on the market are presented. Also, technical aspects are discussed.
Discussion:

Hydrogen peroxide is used in various forms for fumigation of rooms, equipment, and filters. Regardless of the individual limitations of these forms, hydrogen peroxide is a versatile fumigation method. However, it is important to consider numerous technical requirements when planning to implement hydrogen peroxide fumigation at an institution.

Conclusions:
Subsequent to the present overview of different fumigation systems based on hydrogen peroxide on the market and their technical requirements, part 2 of this article will focus on validation and verification of hydrogen peroxide fumigation while considering the entire fumigation process. The two parts together will serve users as a guide to establishing hydrogen peroxide fumigations at their facilities.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute for Infectious Diseases > Clinical Microbiology
04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute for Infectious Diseases > Research
04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute for Infectious Diseases

UniBE Contributor:

Gsell-Albert, Monika and Summermatter, Katharina

Subjects:

500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology

ISSN:

1535-6760

Publisher:

Sage

Funders:

[UNSPECIFIED] Institute for Infectious Diseases

Language:

English

Submitter:

Katharina Summermatter

Date Deposited:

28 Dec 2020 08:23

Last Modified:

28 Dec 2020 08:23

Publisher DOI:

10.1177/1535676020921007

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/149430

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/149430

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