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Use of Antibacterial Consumer Products Containing Quaternary Ammonium Compounds and Drug Resistance in the Community

Citation

Carson, Robyn T.; Larson, Elaine L.; Levy, Stuart B.; Marshall, Bonnie; & Aiello, Allison E. (2008). Use of Antibacterial Consumer Products Containing Quaternary Ammonium Compounds and Drug Resistance in the Community. Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, 62(5), 1160-1162. PMCID: PMC2721695

Abstract

Quaternary ammonium compounds (QACs), such as benzalkonium chloride (BAC), are broad-spectrum antimicrobials widely used for decades to disinfect environmental surfaces in clinical and industrial settings. Reports examining the relationships between biocide use and bacterial resistance among isolates from the community setting are limited. We assessed the effect of antibacterial product usage in the home environment on susceptibility to BAC to determine whether there is a correlation between BAC and triclosan MICs and antibiotic resistance.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jac/dkn332

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

2008

Journal Title

Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy

Author(s)

Carson, Robyn T.
Larson, Elaine L.
Levy, Stuart B.
Marshall, Bonnie
Aiello, Allison E.

PMCID

PMC2721695