John A. Molinari, PhD | Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry, March 2017
Many environmental surfaces in healthcare settings become contaminated with blood, saliva, exudate, and other biological matter during patient care. In dental facilities these include dental equipment, light handles, bracket trays, counter surfaces, reusable medical containers, and dental unit hose lines. When these items are contaminated with biological soil, infection control procedures require surface cleaning and disinfection, or disposable covers are to be used between patient appointments.1
Nesbitt, L. (2009) | CM Management
Although environmentalism and conservatism can be traced back over a century, the modern green movement, as we know it today, truly took rise in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Rachel Carson's bestselling book, Silent Spring, with its exposé on toxic chemicals in consumer products, set off a domino effect that saw, amongst other things, the founding of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1970. In the decades since, the green movement has picked up pace, reaching fever pitch in recent years, highlighted by the success of An Inconvenient Truth. The result: Nearly no industry has been left untouched or unaffected, including that of chemical disinfectants. An industry and its products — which by their very nature were thought impossible to be made environmentally preferable — are forging ahead with new technologies and asking policymakers to follow suit.
Kenny, N. (2008) | Infection Control
An article published in 1998 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that in 1995, 88,000 deaths — one death every six minutes — could be attributed to hospitalacquired infections. Today, news of cross-contamination and outbreaks is everywhere. Furthermore, there is a daily list of toxic chemicals that should be avoided, such as bisphenol A in plastic bottles or the linings inside of tin cans or butyl cellosolve, a solvent commonly used in commercial and industrial cleaning and disinfecting products. The following list of myths and facts will highlight why the cleaning industry needs to spend more time focusing on infection control and disinfectant product selection.
NICOLE KENNY, Manager of Professional and Technical Services, Virox Technologies Inc. | Sanitation Canada
Micro-vision doesn’t require a stethoscope or coke-bottle glasses, or even the ability to squint. In fact, micro-vision doesn’t require vision at all. Micro-vision is comprised of equal parts knowledge, imagination and responsibility.