A suggested sampling algorithm for use with ATP testing in cleanliness measurement

G. S. Whiteley*, T. O. Glasbey, P. P. Fahey

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    Introduction Rapid Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) testing is becoming a commonly used method to measure cleanliness on reusable medical devices and healthcare environmental surfaces. Unfortunately, ATP testing devices suffer from inherent variability from a number of sources including imprecision in ATP measurement. Method This paper proposes a new sampling algorithm which reduces the impact of inherent variability and thus improves decision making when using ATP testing. Conclusion This algorithm can be applied across a variety of applications to provide more reliable data on measurable cleanliness standards for both medical devices and environmental surfaces. Formal trials using the new ATP sampling algorithm are required.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)169-175
    Number of pages7
    JournalInfection, Disease and Health
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016

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    • ATP testing
    • ATP variability
    • cleaning monitoring
    • quality assurance


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