Environmental disinfection is an important component of the prevention and control of dermatophytosis and is of particular importance in facilities housing large numbers of animals such as shelters and boarding kennels. Many factors need to be considered when selecting a kennel disinfectant including, but not limited to, efficacy, lack of toxicity or irritancy to animals and workers, cost, ease of application, and lack of corrosiveness to surfaces. Therefore, a comprehensive analysis was undertaken to determine if Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide® (AHP®) would be a suitable alternative to other chemistries with known limitations.
Role of hospital surfaces in the transmission of emerging healthcare-associated pathogens: Norovirus, Clostridium difficile, and Acinetobacter species
Weber D.J., Rutala W.A., Miller M.B., Huslage K. and Sickbert-Bennett, E.
Health care-associated infections (HAI) remain a major cause of patient morbidity and mortality. An estimated 20%-40% of HAI’s are attributed to cross contamination by touching contaminated environmental surfaces, which play a role in the transmission of MRSA, VRE, norovirus, Clostridium difficile, and Acinetobacter spp. Transmission of these pathogens can be interrupted by appropriate hand hygiene and improving the cleaning and disinfection of environmental surfaces. This article focused on the role of surface contamination in the transmission of 3 emerging nosocomial pathogens: norovirus, C difficile, and Acinetobacter spp.
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 multidrug-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.
Reuters, The Canadian Press | Research Highlights
It is a common misconception that antibacterial wipes can be used on multiple surfaces without taking into consideration that instead of disinfecting, they may actually be spreading infectious pathogens. Regardless if staff have access to the best disinfectant on the market, education is paramount to ensure that a product's efficacy is achieved.