Author ORCID Identifier

Date of Award

Spring 4-14-2023

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


Public Health

First Advisor

Lisa Casanova

Second Advisor

Christine Stauber


Hospital-acquired infections (HAI) are a public health crisis that affects patients and hospital staff nationwide. A common bacterium linked to hospital-acquired infections is Methicillin Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA).

To combat hospital-acquired infections and decrease bacteria on hospital surfaces, hospital staff has adopted disinfectant protocols that use commercial hospital-brand disinfectant wipes known as Sani-24. Sani-24 wipes claim to kill 99.9% of bacteria on a surface after a 5-minute period. Sani-24 wipes also claim to continue to kill bacteria on a surface a wipe has been previously used on. This experimental study explores the effectiveness of Sani-24 wipes on hospital surfaces inoculated with MRSA.

The results of this study reveal that bacterial reduction was taking place on the durable hospital surfaces. The log 10 reductions during different time points varied.


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