Research for infection protection

Surface Hygiene

Clinically relevant pathogens often persist on inanimate surfaces for weeks or even months. Hence, in healthcare settings, cleaning disinfection of surfaces is part of the multi-barrier system for preventing nosocomial infection. Proper risk assessment is the basis for applying disinfection procedures. Here, focus is on those surfaces that are directly touched by personnel and patients/residents or are exposed to frequent contamination.

Recommendation for cleaning and disinfecting surfaces

Hygiene requirements for cleaning and disinfecting surfaces
Recommendation of the commission for hospital hygiene and infection prevention at the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). Bundesgesundheitsbl 2004
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Single-use wipes dispenser systems improve patient protection

Before they are reused, reusable wipes dispenser systems for surface disinfection require thorough reprocessing to prevent microbial contamination of the use-solution and eliminate risks to patient safety. However, the...[more]

Universally applicable: disinfection wipes with low alcohol content

Today, many users assume that ready-to-use disinfection wipes fulfil a number of criteria. In addition to a reliable antimicrobial activity, material compatibility, and time and cost efficiency are the decisive factors when...[more]

Key terms of surface disinfection

When cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, healthcare facilities should observe the recommendations of the Robert Koch-Institute (RKI) [1]. Crucial prerequisite for effective hygiene management is to perfectly match disinfection...[more]

Reprocessing wipes dispenser systems safely

Wipes dispensers for surface disinfection that are not reprocessed properly before reuse may promote contamination of the use-solution. Possible consequences include infection and nosocomial outbreaks, respectively.In order to...[more]

Disinfecting surfaces more efficiently with extra-large disposable tissues

Economic use of products and working hours plays a big part in surface disinfection. Hence, ready-to-use disposable tissues become increasingly popular for the disinfection of near-patient surfaces. To disinfect larger surfaces...[more]

Disinfecting near-patient surfaces for enhanced infection prevention

Most nosocomial pathogens are able to persist on inanimate surfaces for months. Particularly near patients, where frequent hand and skin contact occurs, there may be a risk of infection. For this reason, disinfection of...[more]

Recommendations on spray/wipe disinfection

Small and difficult-to-access surfaces are often underestimated as source of contamination and infection. Here, wipe disinfection is ideally complemented by a spray/wipe disinfection and spray disinfection, respectively [1, 2, 3]...[more]

Risks of infection emanating from mobile communication devices in clinical settings

Mobile communication devices are increasingly used in various areas of healthcare delivery. Smartphones, near-patient hi-tech monitors or tablet computers used for patient files may improve the efficiency of nursing activities....[more]

NEWS: German Disinfectants Commission recommends hygienic microbiological checks of wipes dispensers used for surface disinfection

In its recent recommendation (March 2013), the Disinfectants Commission of the Association for Applied Hygiene (Verbund für angewandte Hygiene e.V./VAH) urges hygienic microbiological controls when applying dispenser systems for...[more]

Application times for surface disinfectants

In surface disinfection, exposure times and concentrations depend on the risk assessment and the manufacturers’ instructions. For high-risk areas, for example operating theatres, recommendations state an application time of at...[more]