Compatibility and Infection Control: Balancing Cleaning Demands with Chemical Profiles

Categories: Articles & Healthcare October 2, 2017

PDI Healthcare’s Chris Snively, Ph.D, Senior Scientist, Compatibility wrote an article for Healthcare Facilities Today on infection control and compatibility.


Compatibility and Infection Control: Balancing Cleaning Demands with Chemical Profiles

Healthcare Facilities Today (healthcarefacilitiestoday.com)

Authors: Chris Snively and Bernd Jansen

Excerpt:

When it comes to healthcare facility infection prevention programs, thorough and effective surface disinfection is always a top priority. Surface material compatibility is a critically important element that can sometimes go overlooked and have a tremendous impact on the prevention of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).

A tightening of patient safety regulations has resulted in the need to increase the frequency of surface disinfection. As a result, hospitals are calling for disinfectant products that can kill germs more effectively to help offset costs, time and staff workload – creating an even greater focus on compatibility.

Surface material compatibility, a material’s ability to be exposed to a disinfectant’s chemistry without exhibiting signs of functionality-reducing damage, enables a healthcare facility’s devices to be properly cleaned and maintained. When a material’s chemical resistance aligns with a disinfectant’s particular chemical profile, patient safety and streamlined operations are ensured. When out of sync, a lack of compatibility can lead to the degradation of equipment surface material, a situation with serious implications for HAI prevention and the healthcare facility overall.

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