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Guidelines for Environmental Infection Control in Healthcare Facilities – Clostridium difficile

December 29, 2011

Clostridium difficile is the most frequent etiologic agent for health-care–associated diarrhea. In one hospital, 30% of adults who developed health-care–associated diarrhea were positive for C.difficile. One recent study employing PCR-ribotyping techniques demonstrated that cases of C.difiicile-acquired diarrhea occurring in the hospital included patients whose infections …

Effectiveness of a Novel Ozone-based System for the Rapid High-level Disinfection of Health Care Spaces and Surfaces

December 22, 2011

Abstract Vapor-based fumigant systems for disinfection of health care surfaces and spaces is an evolving technology. A new system (AsepticSure) uses an ozone-based process to create a highly reactive oxidative vapor with broad and high-level antimicrobial properties. Methods Ozone gas at 50-500 ppm was combined …

Investigation of Antibiotic and Antibacterial Susceptibility and Resistance in Staphylococcus from the Skin of Users and Non-Users of Antibacterial Wash Products in Home Environments

October 27, 2011

Abstract Background   Antibacterial wash products have come under scrutiny as potential contributors to the problem of antibiotic resistance. This study investigated the extent of, and relationship between, antibiotic and antibacterial resistance in human skin bacteria isolated from individuals in the home environment, relative to …

Environmental Decontamination of a Hospital Isolation Room using High-intensity Narrow-spectrum Light

September 1, 2011

Abstract The performance of a new decontamination technology, referred to as ‘high-intensity narrow-spectrum light environmental decontamination system’ (HINS-light EDS) was evaluated by a series of three studies carried out in a hospital isolation room used to treat burns patients. The ceiling-mounted HINS-light EDS emits high-intensity …

Microfiber Compared with Other Commonly Used Cleaning Cloths

June 8, 2011

Background The aim of this study was to investigate the decontamination capacity of 4 different types of cleaning cloths (microfiber cleaning cloth, cotton cloth, sponge cloth, and disposable paper towels) commonly used in hospitals in their ability to reduce microbial loads from a surface used …


CDC Issues Updated Guidance for Norovirus Disinfection

March 13, 2011

The use of chemical disinfectants is one of the key approaches to interrupt norovirus spread from contaminated environmental surfaces. Particular attention should be given to the likely areas of greatest environmental contamination such as bathrooms and high-touch surfaces (e.g., door knobs and hand rails). Sodium …

A Quantitative Approach to Defining "High-touch" Surfaces in Hospitals

August 31, 2010

Abstract Fifty interactions between healthcare workers and patients were observed to obtain a quantifiable definition of "high-touch" (ie, frequently touched) surfaces based on frequency of contact. Five surfaces were defined as high-touch surfaces: the bed rails, the bed surface, the supply cart, the over-bed table, …

Cleaning and the Environment

July 11, 2010

In this age of environmental concern individuals are outwardly interested in the healthy state of their surroundings. As populations increase and we become more connected with our environment and each other through global communication, commerce and transportation, that interest also increases. Our desire for a …

Antibacterial Cleaning Products and Drug Resistance

June 16, 2010

Abstract    We examined whether household use of antibacterial cleaning and hygiene products is an emerging risk factor for carriage of antimicrobial drug-resistant bacteria on hands of household members. Households (N = 224) were randomized to use of antibacterial or nonantibacterial cleaning and hygiene products …