ATP Swab Testing
While methods to clean and sanitize surfaces and equipment in the healthcare environment vary, the need to measure the effectiveness of cleaning practices is universal.
Contaminated surfaces and equipment can quickly lead to microbial contamination, and ultimately, the infection of patients or personnel. ATP cleaning verification provides accurate and meaningful results that can help a healthcare facility or vehicle define and monitor a cleaning standard to make sure that standard is maintained.
The detection of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the universal unit of energy in all living cells, immediately determines if surfaces and reusable medical equipment are truly clean. This is why INNOV8 uses only the best products available and is proud to partner with Hygiena™.
Hygiena™ has been closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and the implications it has for our employees, customers and communities. During this time we have received a multitude of questions regarding our solutions as they pertain to the situation.
Due to this, we wanted to take this time to explain how our ATP Cleaning Verification products work and are suggested to be used in this troubling time.
How Hygiena ATP Cleaning Verification Products work
- Hygiena’s cleaning verification products can tell you in as little as 15 seconds if a surface has been cleaned properly using ATP.
- ATP is an energy molecule found in all plant, animal and microbial cells. It fuels metabolic processes such as cellular reproduction, muscle contraction, plant photosynthesis, respiration in fungi, and fermentation in yeast. All organic matter (living or once-living) contains ATP, including food, bacteria, mould and other microorganisms.
- Hygiena™ ATP testing devices contain a natural enzyme found in fireflies. This enzyme, called luciferase, produces a simple bioluminescence (light-producing) reaction when it comes into contact with ATP. Using bioluminescence technology, our ATP Meters can measure extremely low levels of ATP collected with testing devices. Measuring the amount of bioluminescence from an ATP reaction provides an excellent indication of surface cleanliness because the quantity of light generated by the reaction is directly proportional to the amount of ATP present in the sample.