A troubling British study has found that the antibacterial wipes used to
clean hospitals are spreading, not killing, resistant bacteria such as MRSA. The Cardiff University study investigated four major brands of the wipes, and found that nurses and other staffers used them improperly, swabbing several surfaces in a row with one wipe. The wipes fail to kill all the bacteria they encounter, and when first used on dirty surfaces and then passed over clean ones, they wind up actually spreading the dangerous microbes. “We recommend that a wipe is not to be used on consecutive surfaces, but only on a small area and discarded immediately after use,” microbiologist Dr. Gareth Williams told the London Guardian. He urged hospitals to begin retraining their cleaning and nursing staffs as soon
as possible.