Use of gaseous decontamination technologies for wards and isolation rooms in hospitals and healthcare settings

Thomas Pottage*, J. T. Walker

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Abstract

Hospital surfaces can rapidly become contaminated with organisms capable of causing disease in healthy and immunocompromised patients. Although existing conventional cleaning methods are relatively cheap, quick and efficacious if carried out correctly, they do not destroy all of the contaminating organisms every time and will not reach all of the surfaces within a room. Gaseous technologies are being used increasingly for room decontamination in the healthcare setting due to cycle speed and surface coverage. Whilst they can be effective used on their own, they should be considered in combination with liquid decontamination to eliminate organisms from contaminated surfaces.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDecontamination in Hospitals and Healthcare
PublisherElsevier Ltd.
Pages299-324
Number of pages26
ISBN (Print)9780857096579
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013

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Keywords

  • Gaseous decontamination
  • Healthcare-acquired infection (HAI)
  • Hospital decontamination
  • Hydrogen peroxide vapour (HPV)

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