The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Hydrogen Peroxide Fumigation, Part 2: Verifying and Validating Hydrogen Peroxide Fumigation Cycles

Kümin, Daniel; Gsell Albert, Monika; Weber, Benjamin; Summermatter, Kathrin (2020). The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Hydrogen Peroxide Fumigation, Part 2: Verifying and Validating Hydrogen Peroxide Fumigation Cycles. Applied biosafety, p. 153567602092109. Sage 10.1177/1535676020921099

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Introduction:

Part 1 of this two-part series describes the use of hydrogen peroxide as a fumigant and compares it with other fumigants on the market. Technical requirements are outlined while considering physical and biological limitations of the system. This second part focuses primarily on the use of process controls to verify and validate hydrogen peroxide fumigations. Finally, a model encompassing the entire fumigation process is presented.
Methods:

Part 2 of the series focuses on the authors’ long-time personal experiences in room and filter fumigation using various fumigation systems and is supplemented with relevant literature searches.
Results:

The reader is introduced to the planning and implementation of fumigation process validations. Biological indicators help users develop safe and efficient processes. Chemical indicators can be used as process controls, while measuring physical parameters will help avoid condensation of hydrogen peroxide. How many biological and chemical indicators and what type should be applied for cycle development are additionally explained.
Discussion:

It is important to consider numerous technical requirements when planning to implement hydrogen peroxide fumigation at an institution. Also, considerable thought needs to go into the verification and validation of the fumigation process.
Conclusions:

Part 1 of this series presents an overview of different fumigation systems based on hydrogen peroxide on the market and their technical requirements. Part 2 focuses 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 (Review 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

Language:

English

Submitter:

Katharina Summermatter

Date Deposited:

05 Jan 2021 10:23

Last Modified:

06 Jan 2021 01:34

Publisher DOI:

10.1177/1535676020921099

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/149528

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/149528

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