Hospitals and critical infection control areas demand exceptional disinfection measures because they handle patients, each with a different infection, and the staff caring for them, all facing a heightened risk of infection. They require timely and efficient cleaning mechanisms to address these challenges. Hospital-acquired infections, also known as Nosocomial infections, occur 48 – 72 hours after hospital admission, and maintaining proper hygiene in the hospital premises can directly prevent these infections.
While both sterilization and disinfection play essential roles, their levels of microbiological eradication differ. A comprehensive strategy to combat hospital-acquired and healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) should incorporate hydrogen peroxide-based hand sanitizers, peracetic acid solutions, orthophthaldehyde, glutaraldehyde, and hydrogen peroxide. These remedies, in addition to other antiseptic sprays, are vital for ensuring a pristine medical facility.
Utilizing proper cleaning and hospital disinfectants can hinder the spread of these pathogens and eradicate them. Moreover, every in-house, commercial, and industrial setting should regularly undergo disinfection. Most healthcare units today possess secondary transmission routes that a thorough disinfection program can easily prevent.
Key considerations for the application of disinfectants and sterilization include:
- Effective against a wide range of viruses, fungi, and pathogens.
- Broad-spectrum activity to ensure comprehensive protection.
- Aims to eliminate all forms of microbial life, including bacterial spores.