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Disinfectant Doubts Should Lead to a More Robust Infection-Prevention Program Leave a comment Read more »

Disinfectant Doubts Should Lead to a More Robust Infection-Prevention Program

Antimicrobial pesticides are designed to destroy or suppress harmful bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms on inanimate objects and surfaces in hospitals and other settings. The U.S. EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has a testing program–the ATP–whose purpose is to ensure that EPA-approved hospital disinfectants and tuberculocides…


What Do We Mean by "Cleaning" and "Disinfection"? Leave a comment Read more »

What Do We Mean by “Cleaning” and “Disinfection”?

In our world today, but especially in healthcare, there are few if any, tenets as impervious to overstatement as the importance of cleanliness.  A facility might appear to be ‘clean’ and not be safe and disinfected.  However, if the facility is safe and disinfected, it…


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EPA Needs to Assure Effectiveness of Antimicrobial Pesticides

Excerpt from: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Inspector General,  11-P-0029 December 15, 2010 Background Antimicrobial pesticides are designed to destroy or suppress harmful bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms on inanimate objects and surfaces in hospitals and other settings. EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs initiated the…


But, is it really clean? Leave a comment Read more »

But, is it really clean?

It is a time worn tradition to use a white glove to inspect surfaces for cleanliness. For too long now, “clean” has been a subjective term. Two people inspecting the same room or the same object might have a different opinion about whether or not…


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