Automated Disinfection Systems
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HospitalsApril 14, 2015

Automated Disinfection Systems

by Halosil

It has long been recommended that environmental surfaces in patient rooms be cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis, when surfaces are visibly soiled, and after patient discharge. Disinfection usually is performed using a hospital disinfectant registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

“However, recent studies have shown that this type of cleaning can be inadequate,” contends Douglas Goldman, senior product manager, Steris Corp., Mentor, Ohio. “In addition, hospitals deal with unique surfaces that may present difficult cleaning challenges, as well as surfaces that should not be cleaned with some typical disinfectants.”

Automated disinfection systems have evolved to meet the specialized needs of hospitals. A variety of technologies — using ultraviolet (UV) light or hydrogen peroxide (HP) vapor — are available to complement traditional methods of cleaning. The goal is to disinfect patient rooms in a fast-paced environment and reduce the possibility of health care-associated infections (HAIs).

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