Environmental factors are a significant source of disease transmission in healthcare settings, from direct contact with contaminated surfaces to pathogens transferred via hands that come into contact with environmental sites to transmission via gloves that have handled contaminated equipment. When it comes to keeping HAIs at bay, comprehensive disinfecting regimes are the most effective strategy to tackle these risk factors.
Dr. William Rutala, who led the hospital epidemiology (infection prevention) program at UNC Hospitals for 38 years, and cofounded and directs the Statewide Program for Infection Control and Epidemiology, recently dove into strategies for environmental infection prevention at a PDI-sponsored symposium at the APIC 2017 Conference in Portland, Oregon. In addition to reviewing the role of the environment in disease transmission and the best products and practices for surface disinfection, he discussed data surrounding technologies for terminal and continuous room decontamination.
Sponsored by: PDI