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HUGE Advances in Infection Control - Part 3 - Chemical Disinfectants

Over the last two weeks we discussed how Engineered Water and Antibacterial/Antiviral Surfaces have shown promise in advancing Infection Control. This week our final article in this series will look at Chemical Disinfectants.

Chemical Disinfectants: An article in the May 2015 issue of the American Journal of Infection Control titled, “Cleaning and Disinfecting Environmental Surfaces in Health care; Toward an Integrated Framework for Infection and Occupational Illness Prevention.” That’s a long title for a very important look at the role that some legacy disinfectants play in asthma-related employee exposures. Although the study looked at chemical respiratory hazards in cleaning and disinfecting, the application is to every segment of the business of providing safe, clean and disinfected surfaces in all public places of business.

“Although the demand for more effective cleaning and disinfecting is growing, there is also increasing evidence that exposures to cleaning can cause acute and chronic health effects, particularly respiratory illness…Potentially harmful occupational exposures from cleaning and disinfecting are a function of multiple factors, including (1) the chemical characteristics of the cleaning or disinfecting product, (2) the physical characteristics (aerosols vs. liquids), (3) the methods of product application (spraying vs. wiping), (4) the characteristics of the built environment (ventilation, room size).”

And it’s not just the ill effects on the cleaning staff. This problem reaches to building occupants who are affected by chemical exposures. Currently there are few systematic evaluations of green cleaning and disinfecting products, new technologies, and application methods for effective infection prevention or for occupational health and safety.

The call to action is this: To support the safe use of cleaning and disinfecting products, safety data sheets and labeling of these products must be accurate. Future risk assess-ments of chemical ingredients and mixtures should incorporate asthma, other respiratory effects, and dermatologic conditions as health endpoints so that safety data sheets are relevant to these health concerns.

In closing, be aware that no single mode of preventing infections is effective by itself. Back to my earlier statement, there are NO SILVER BULLETS.

New communication strategies are needed to reach administrators, allied health professionals, office managers, purchasing managers, cleaning professionals and other stakeholders with this information. A multimodal approach is necessary to win the “Germ War.”

Remember this, a fully engaged cleaning professional, given the right education, training, best in class tools and proper amount of time to do her task, can prevent more infections than a room full of doctors can cure.

To view part one of this series, Click Here
To view part two of this series, Click Here


Guest Blog Post by Darrel Hicks: 

This post is part of an article Darrel wrote for ISSA Today. To read the full original article, Click Here

Pedagogy has partnered with the Green Clean Institute to bring professional development education for frontline staff that promotes proactive best practices within environmental health services operations.

Environmental Services Technician Certification program is an 12 month education program that once successfully completed offers your staff a certification.
Modules covered within the educational program are:
  • 600 - CITS Basic Cleaning 101
  • 601 - EVS Technician (Part 1)
  • 602 - EVS Technician (Part 2)
  • 603 - Patient/Resident Safety and Satisfaction
  • 604 - Cleaning and Disinfecting
  • 605 - Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)
  • 606 - Bloodborne Pathogens (OSHA)
  • 607 - Infection Prevention
  • 608 - Health Impacts of Cleaning
  • 609 - Cleaning Patient/Resident Rooms
  • 610 - Chemicals & Disinfection Knowledge
  • 611 - Clean, Green and Healthy
  • 612 - Surface Cleaning in Healthcare Settings
To see the education on environmental services cleaning offered by Pedagogy and the Green Clean Institute, click here.
Posted: 5/4/2016 8:45:52 AM
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