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Best practice in healthcare environment decontamination

Siani, Harsha and Maillard, Jean-Yves ORCID: 2015. Best practice in healthcare environment decontamination. European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases 34 (1) , pp. 1-11. 10.1007/s10096-014-2205-9

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There is now strong evidence that surface contamination is linked to healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs). Cleaning and disinfection should be sufficient to decrease the microbial bioburden from surfaces in healthcare settings, and, overall, help in decreasing infections. It is, however, not necessarily the case. Evidence suggests that there is a link between educational interventions and a reduction in infections. To improve the overall efficacy and appropriate usage of disinfectants, manufacturers need to engage with the end users in providing clear claim information and product usage instructions. This review provides a clear analysis of the scientific evidence supporting the role of surfaces in HCAIs and the role of education in decreasing such infections. It also examines the debate opposing the use of cleaning versus disinfection in healthcare settings.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Pharmacy
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 0934-9723
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 01:41

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