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Characteristics of an Ideal Surface Damage Testing Protocol

Tuesday, December 5, 2017   (0 Comments)

The importance of a hygienic patient environment of care has been demonstrated repeatedly in the literature (Weber, 2010) (Han, 2015). Studies of commonly touched environmental surfaces and patient care equipment (i.e. high touch surfaces) have detected pathogenic microorganisms at epidemiologically significant levels (Weber, 2010) (Weber, 2013) (Han, 2015). Studies of patient room occupancy and infection rates have found higher infection rates from environmentally transmissible pathogens based on the infection status of the prior patient in the room (Ajao, 2013) (Huang, 2006) (Drees, 2008) (Nseir, 2011) (Shaughnessy, 2011); thus routine cleaning and disinfection is an important part of infection prevention for healthcare facilities.

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