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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Handling alcohol-based surface disinfectants
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CLEAN HOSPITALS DAY on 20 Oct. - The big picture: Hospitals as health environments

Ensuring comprehensive hygiene can prevent infections in patients 

CLEAN HOSPITALS DAY this year on 20 Oct. now focuses attention on one aspect that has often been neglected…
The international CLEAN HOSPITALS initiative...[more]

Fighting infections together: October 10th is CLEAN HOSPITALS DAY

10-10-20-20 – what’s behind those numbers: Every year on 05/05 we celebrate the World Hand Hygiene Day. The two fives symbolize the 5 fingers per hand and hence create a date that’s easy to remember. So, international CLEAN...[more]

New generation of disposable systems to enhance patient protection in high-risk areas

To adequately protect patients against infection in intensive care, haematological oncology, neonatology and burn units, certain hygiene precautions must be observed. This includes the recommendations of the German Association...[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]

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