Mechanism of action

The active substances of chemical disinfection procedures attack pathogens using a certain mechanism in order to kill or inactivate them. Examples: Alcohols have an unspecific mode of action. They denature all proteins, thus inhibiting bacterial reproduction within a very short time. Triclosan targets a specific enzyme to block lipid synthesis (specific mechanism of action).

The basic principle is: The more specific the mode of action, the greater the probability of emergence of resistant microorganisms with increasing use of this active ingredient.

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The A-to-Z database provides information on each pathogen, the most common infections that it triggers, its main transmission paths and recommendations on disinfection. In the glossary, you will find explanations of infection control terms. Search now!

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