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Teleclass(FREE European Teleclass … Denver Russell Memorial Teleclass Lecture)
- More evidence is emerging on the role of cleaning and decontamination for reducing hospital-acquired infection. Timely and adequate removal of environmental pathogens leads to measurable clinical benefits for patients. This teleclass considers recent studies examining hospital decontamination technologies and evidence for cost-effectiveness.
- Published reports include novel biocides and cleaning products, antimicrobial coatings, monitoring practices and automated equipment. They do not necessarily remove all environmental pathogens, however, and most have yet to be comprehensively assessed against patient outcome. Some studies are confounded by concurrent infection control and/or antimicrobial stewardship initiatives. Few contain data on costs.
- As automated dirt removal is assumed to be superior to human effort, there is a danger that traditional cleaning methods are devalued or ignored. Fear of infection encourages use of powerful disinfectants for eliminating real or imagined pathogens in hospitals without appreciating toxicity or cost benefit. Furthermore, efficacy of these agents will always be compromised without prior removal of organic soil.
- Microbiocidal activity should be compared and contrasted against physical removal of soil in standardized and controlled studies to understand how best to manage contaminated healthcare environments.

DateApril 25, 2017
Live broadcast time 
Faculty:Dr. Stephanie Dancer, Health Protection Scotland
Payment: (Free Teleclass)