WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Clorox Company (NYSE: CLX) announced today at the Annual Conference and Healthcare Marketplace of the American Society for Healthcare Environmental Services (ASHES) that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the registration of DISPATCH® Hospital Cleaner Disinfectant with Bleach portfolio to kill Clostridium difficile spores in five minutes(1), the fastest contact time available. The DISPATCH® portfolio contains the first bleach-based sprays registered to kill C. difficile spores(2), and the premixed, ready-to-use liquids are similar to the 1:10 bleach solution strength that is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for effective disinfecting. DISPATCH® liquids contain an anticorrosive ingredient that makes it less damaging to surfaces of equipment. The DISPATCH® liquids are multipurpose, broad-spectrum cleaner disinfectants for use on hard, nonporous surfaces. "Clorox is committed to providing the best portfolio of bleach products to kill C. difficile," said Craig Stevenson, vice president and general manager, Clorox Away From Home Division. "The science shows that when deployed as part of a comprehensive C. difficile prevention program, bleach is proven to kill C. difficile spores. In the fast-paced hospital environment, we know it is critical for healthcare staff to work quickly and efficiently. The DISPATCH portfolio has the fastest EPA-registered kill time currently available for C. difficile spores(3) and its ready-to-use format also delivers on speed because the liquids don't require any mixing." The DISPATCH® portfolio offering is part of a comprehensive C. difficile solution program offered by Clorox. The company also offers a C. difficile Prevention Kit featuring a protocol and checklist for terminal cleaning of C. difficile isolation rooms, information on bleach efficacy when it comes to fighting C. difficile spores, a calculator estimating the financial impact on C. difficile on acute care facilities and C. difficile prevention training and education videos. C. Difficile is a Top Priority in Healthcare Facilities as Incidence Increases Annually In a recent survey of acute care facilities, infection preventionists say that C. difficile is their top pathogen of concern.(4) In the U.S., more than 28,000 people die from C. difficile(5), and there are approximately 500,000 C. difficile infections annually.(6) A recent Association for Professionals in Infection Control (APIC) survey found C. difficile infections cost U.S. healthcare facilities $17.6 million to $51.6 million every day.(7) A comprehensive and coordinated approach to preventing the spread of infection in the healthcare setting includes proper surface disinfection and commitment to precautionary measures. Leading infection prevention and healthcare industry leaders recommend and support the use of bleach-based solutions to kill C. difficile spores as part of a broader prevention program. In fact, 8 out of 10 hospitals are currently using bleach or bleach-based products when C. difficile is detected.(8) "In the hospitals in which I have worked, bleach has been used for years to help reduce the incidence of C. difficile infection," said Lillian Burns, MT, MPH, CIC, the director of infection control and epidemiology at Staten Island University Hospital.