Welcome to the Bioquell micro-blog (see what we did there). The world of research doesn’t stand still and key papers are published all the time. The purpose of micro-blog is to help you to keep abreast of the literature regarding the role of the environment in the transmission of pathogens and attempts to improve cleaning and disinfection. This will work best if you contribute to the discussion on these articles so if you have any reflections that you’d like to share please go ahead. We hope this blog will prompt some thought-provoking, challenging and fruitful discussion.
Dr Jon Otter and Dr Saber Yezli,
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Published on 16th May 2013
The latest research study, coming from the Cleveland VA, evaluated an electrochemically activated saline solution, also known as ‘superoxidized water’.
Published on 10th May 2013
When I started doing research in this area a little over 10 years ago, the role of the environment in transmission was rarely mentioned at international conferences. So, to see an entire conference dedicated to discussing the role of the environment in transmission (SHEA 2013, in Atlanta) was a mouthwatering prospect.
Published on 23rd April 2013
A recent study by Johns Hopkins published in the recent ICHE special issue sampled a selection of supplies to quantify the risk, counted the cost of their current policy and found a potential solution in the use of hydrogen peroxide vapour (HPV) for the disinfection of the supplies.
Published on 17th April 2013
The recently published copper study indicates that the introduction of a small number of copper alloy hand-touch sites reduces the rate of HAI by more than 50%. Is this too good to be true?
Published on 10th April 2013
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology have dedicated their May issue to articles investigating the role of contaminated surfaces in the transmission of pathogens.
Published on 2nd April 2013
A study from UCL in London provides evidence that the keypad of the blackberry is likely to be more contaminated than the touchscreen of the iphone. Overall, 13% of the phones grew either MRSA or VRE, highlighting the potential importance of these sites in transmission. Appropriate disinfection policies are urgently required for these personal, mobile reservoirs of contamination.
Published on 26th March 2013
You would expect that longer cleaning times would result in more thorough room cleaning. However, the authors of this study used a fluorescent market to evaluate the thoroughness of cleaning and found no correlation between the length of time cleaning a room and the thoroughness of cleaning.
Published on 20th March 2013
Many hospitals worldwide suffer a chronic lack of single rooms to place patients requiring contact precautions, but also for patients with other needs such as increased privacy and dignity. There are pros and cons associated with increasing the proportion of single rooms, with a high proportion of single rooms usually requiring a higher staff:patient ratio, and patients in single rooms often having less staff contact and more likely to suffer feelings of isolation.