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Current and Emergent Strategies for Disinfection of Hospital Environments

A significant number of hospital-acquired infections occur due to inefficient disinfection of hospital surfaces, instruments and rooms. The emergence and wide spread of multi resistant forms of several microorganisms has led to a situation where few compounds are able to inhibit or kill the infectious agents.  Several strategies to disinfect both clinical equipment and the environment are available, often involving the use of antimicrobial chemicals. More recently, investigations into gas plasma, antimicrobial surfaces and vapour systems have gained interest as promising alternatives to conventional disinfectants. This review provides updated information on the current and emergent disinfection strategies for clinical environments.

Author: Abreu AC, Tavares RR, Borges A, Mergulhão F, Simões M

Citation: J Antimicrob Chemother 2013; 68: 2718–2732 doi:10.1093/jac/dkt281

Published: 18/07/2013

Publication Type: Journal article

Publisher: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy