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Comparison of UV C Light and Chemicals for Disinfection of Surfaces in Hospital Isolation Units

May 24, 2010

Abstract   Objective   To determine the bactericidal effect on surfaces of ceiling‐ and wall‐mounted UV C (UVC) light (wavelength, 254 nm) in isolation units, compared with standard hospital environmental cleaning and chemical disinfection during final disinfection after patients are treated for infections. Design   …

IEHA and UMass TURI Announce High-Tech Scrubbing Test

March 11, 2010

The International Executive Housekeepers Association (IEHA) and the University of Massachusetts TURI lab have announced that performance analysis during the IEHA/TURI High Performance Cleaning Product (HPCP) testing program will be enhanced through use of the BYK-Gardner Abrasion Tester.  The device enables a real-world, variable and …

Bulk Soap – Health Risk?

March 9, 2010

“Every time you use soap from an open refillable bulk soap reservoir dispenser, you could be putting hundreds of millions of fecal bacteria on your hands, which is actually more than is in the toilet after you flush it,” said Dr. Charles P. Gerba, microbiologist …

New Approach to Home Hygiene Needed to Control Disease and Reduce Costs, Says Report

March 8, 2010

Three key measures could help to reduce the burden of infectious disease in a sustainable way according to a Report published by the International Scientific Forum on Home Hygiene (IFH). Infectious diseases continue to exact a heavy toll on the health and prosperity of the …

Survival of Acinetobacter baumannii on Dry Surfaces

March 2, 2010

Abstract Excerpt   Acinetobacter spp. are important nosocomial pathogens reported with increasing frequency in outbreaks of cross-infection during the past 2 decades. The majority of such outbreaks are caused by Acinetobacter baumannii … A. baumannii strains, irrespective of their areas of endemicity or epidemic occurrence, …

Consumer Exposure to Biocides – Identification of Relevant Sources and Evaluation of Possible Health Effects

February 8, 2010

AbstractBackgroundProducts containing biocides are used for a variety of purposes in the home environment. To assess potential health risks, data on products containing biocides were gathered by means of a market survey, exposures were estimated using a worst case scenario approach (screening), the hazard of …

Disinfectants May Promote Growth of Superbugs

December 28, 2009

Using disinfectants could cause bacteria to become resistant to antibiotics as well as the disinfectant itself, according to research published in the January 2010 issue of Microbiology. The findings could have important implications for how the spread of infection is managed in hospital settings. Researchers …

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EPA Guidance for Testing and Labeling Claims against Pandemic 2009 H1N1 Influenza A Virus (Formerly called Swine Flu )

December 3, 2009

In response to the emerging threat posed by the spread of Pandemic 2009 H1N1 influenza A Virus, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is clarifying testing requirements and providing labeling options for pandemic 2009 H1N1. EPA has previously posted information on its Web page regarding this …

‘Clever Cleaning’ the Way to Beat Hospital Superbugs

November 12, 2009

Just one extra cleaner on a hospital ward can save lives and money, according to new research sponsored by UNISON, the UK’s largest public service union. The detailed study found that one extra cleaner, using targeted cleaning methods, had a “measurable effect on the clinical …

ICAAC: Hospital Surfaces Major Source of C. difficile

September 21, 2009

Healthcare workers are just as likely to pick up Clostridium difficile spores from bed rails and other surfaces around a hospital room as from touching an infected patient’s skin, researchers found. Gloves tested positive for the spore form of the diarrheal bacteria 50% of the …