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Selection of the Ideal Disinfectant

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Rutala W.A. and Weber D.J. Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) remain an important source of morbidity and mortality. A major source of nosocomial pathogens is thought to be the patient’s endogenous flora, but an estimated 20%- 40% of HAIs have been attributed to cross infection via the hands of healthcare personnel. Contamination of the hands of healthcare personnel could in turn result from direct patient contact or indirectly from touching contaminated surfaces. Healthcare personnel have frequent contact with environmental surfaces in patients’ rooms, providing ample opportunity for contamination of gloves and/or hands. Scientific literature has demonstrated that improving surface cleaning and disinfection reduces HAIs.

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