The Importance of Contact Times for Disinfectants
Omidbakhsh N. The number of hospital and community associated infections continues to rise in North America and around the world. The use of disinfectants is the backbone for infection prevention and control in healthcare, educational settings, correctional settings and emergency services. Infection Control Guidelines in North America generally state that surfaces such as countertops, over-the-bed tables, bedside tables, hand rails and other high touched surfaces be cleaned on a daily basis using an EPA or DIN registered disinfectant. However, the actual process for cleaning is rarely considered, the time needed to do the job correctly is rarely given and staffing limitations lead to inappropriate use of disinfectants.
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