Cleaning and disinfecting environmental surfaces in health care: Toward an integrated framework for infection and occupational illness prevention
AJIC 43, 2015 424-34 Hospitals and healthcare institutions are considering new innovative technologies such as Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide® (AHP®) that achieve germicidal efficacy without compromising the safety of hospital staff in an effort to win the war against microbes. Health care associated infections (HAIs) are of particular concern to infection prevention professionals because many of these are caused by rapidly developing strains of multi drug-resistant organisms (MDROs) which can cause serious illness in both patients and health care workers. Therefore, cleaning and disinfecting are important parts of a comprehensive infection prevention strategy. While demand for more effective cleaning and disinfecting is growing, there is also increasing evidence that exposure to cleaning and disinfecting agents can result in acute and chronic health effects, particularly respiratory illness.
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Research Highlights: Efficacy of three disinfectant formulations and a hydrogen peroxide/silver fogging system on surfaces experimentally inoculated with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius
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