Technical Bulletins

Experts Partner to Address Resistant Bacteria Through Antibiotic Stewardship, Environmental Hygiene

Alfa, J. et al. | Infection Control Today, 2015

Antibiotic resistance has become a significant topic of importance as antibiotic resistance threatens the effective prevention and treatment of an ever-increasing range of infections caused by bacteria. As an increasingly serious global threat, public health has required action across all government sectors and society. Infection Control Today partnered with Dr. Stuart Levy and Dr. Rosie Lyles to share their perspectives on antibiotic resistance and how environmental surfaces and disinfectants play a role.

Improved Eradication of Clostridium Difficile Spores From Toilets of Hospitalized Patients Using an Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide as the Cleaning Agent

Alfa M.J. et al.

Clostridium difficile associated diarrhea (CDAD) is a significant problem in healthcare facilities world-wide. Since 2000 there has been an increase in the rates of C. difficile in some health care settings. This increase in CDAD has resulted in significant additional costs to the healthcare system. According to one study, in U.S. hospitals it is estimated that each case of CDAD in a hospital was associated with $3699.00 (USD) in excess healthcare costs and 3.6 extra days of hospitalization. The use of Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide® (AHP®) in this study shows that it is a useful alternative to bleach where C. difficile spores may exist. Unlike most disinfectant technologies, AHP is a very good cleaner, as well as a fast acting bactericidal and virucidal agent which simplifies the cleaning protocol for Environmental Services Staff as only one product needs to be used.

Minimizing the Risk of Bacterial Transmission from Patient to Patient When Using Duodenoscopes

Virox Technologies Inc. | PIDAC (2016).

This document was developed by the Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee (PIDAC) as an extension to the Best Practices for Cleaning, Disinfection and Sterilization of Medical Equipment/Devices in All Health Care Settings guideline. Recent outbreaks have demonstrated that adherence to current guidelines for endoscope reprocessing may not be sufficient to prevent bacterial transmission following the use of duodenoscopes. This document reviews the recommended cleaning and disinfection practices for reprocessing duodenoscopes which have been based on theoretical consideration and expert opinion.

Effects of mandatory continuing education related to infection control on the infection control practices of dental hygienists

Kelsch et al.

The scope of work within dental settings has many infection control risks. As such, compliance with infection control recommendations and requirements is critical to the delivery of quality dental care and necessary to ensure the safety of both patients and clinicians in the dental setting. Practice acts in 18 states require that dental hygienists complete infection control continuing education for license renewal, whereas the other states do not have this requirement. The purpose of this study was to assess the effects of mandatory continuing education related to infection control on the infection control practices of dental hygienists.

pH: Is it an appropriate indicator of product safety?

There is much confusion among cleaning and disinfectant users regarding pH and what it means with respect to a product’s cleaning or killing properties, its materials compatibility as well as its rating with regards to its toxicity / hazard profile. The intent is to dispel these misunderstandings and provide the facts to help increase your confidence in your choice of cleaning or disinfectant chemistry.

Comparison of disinfectant efficacy when using high-volume directed mist application of accelerated hydrogen peroxide and peroxymonosulfate disinfectants in a large animal hospital.

Saklou N, Burgess B, Van Metre D, Hornig K, Morley P, Byers S.

Effective decontamination of animal holding environments is critical for providing high quality patient care and maintaining a safe working environment. Disinfection of animal holding environments is a significant challenge during times of epidemic disease. This study considers a relatively new yet proven technology Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide® (AHP®) in the battle against microbes, as an alternative to legacy disinfectant chemistries with known shortcomings

Understanding the Essentials of Germicidal UV Light

Virox Technologies Inc. | Infection Control Today, 2015

Healthcare facilities wanting to supplement their existing environmental hygiene strategies are exploring how ultraviolet light can bolster manual cleaning and disinfection practices. Experts emphasize that a comprehensive multi-modal approach to environmental cleaning is imperative and that the technology should be an adjunct intervention to routine manual cleaning and disinfection protocols. As Barbut (2015) emphatically states, “The new no-touch methods for room disinfection supplement, but do not replace daily cleaning”.

Antibiotic & Antimicrobial Stewardship: Disinfectants are Ongoing Focus of Sensitivity, Resistance Debate

Virox Technologies Inc. | Infection Control Today, 2016

Antibiotic resistance has become a significant topic of importance as antibiotic resistance threatens the effective prevention and treatment of an ever-increasing range of infections caused by bacteria. Given the growing problem of antibiotic resistance, environmental cleaning and disinfection can play an important role in helping to prevent the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria. As such, there is a growing body of evidence to demonstrate the effectiveness of environmental cleaning and disinfection as part of multimodal strategies to reduce pathogen transmission, prevent healthcare associated infections (HAIs), and improve patient outcomes.

Canadian Government to Ban or Restrict Toxic Chemicals

Virox Technologies Inc. | Media Edge, Perks Publication Inc. 2006

On Friday December 8th 2006, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced a “substantial investment in public funds” to clean up dangerous chemicals in the environment. The list of chemicals includes some already proven harmful to animals and suspected to be potentially harmful to human health. Every two or three months, a list of suspect chemicals will be released in groups of 15 to 30. Industry and stakeholders will be required, within six months, to provide information the government about the chemicals. If the government is not satisfied by the response, industry will be required to take action which in some cases may mean industry would be required to provide alternative materials.

Pilot Study of the Financial and Practice Protocol Impacts of Canine Influenza Virus (H3N2) Outbreaks in Example Veterinary Practices

Virox Technologies Inc. | Mwacalimba K, Litster A.

Five veterinary practices that had experienced canine influenza (H3N2) outbreaks were surveyed about the direct and indirect financial impacts of the outbreak on their facility. All facilities reported some financial impact, with the median value calculated at $4766/practice. This study highlights the true financial value of biosecurity by demonstrating the cost of the absence of adequate infection control.