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E-water: defending against HCAIs

Adrian Gee-Turner and Gary Driscoll explain the advantages of e-water (electrolysed water/hypochlorous acid) in a wide range of healthcare applications.

A connection between microorganisms and disease transmission was first established in a Vienna hospital in 1841, when the implementation of a hand-washing regimen resulted in a dramatic reduction in mortality rate among puerperal women. Today, the requirement for cleaning and disinfection is better understood, but the COVID-19 pandemic has heightened awareness of these important procedures.1 Nevertheless, it is important for cleaning staff to be aware of the difference between cleaning and disinfection.  

Cleaning is the physical removal of soil and microorganisms from surfaces, which may also involve the action of a surfactant, catholyte, detergent or water. Cleaning should be undertaken prior to disinfection because the presence of organic soil will reduce the effectiveness of disinfectants.

Disinfection is the process by which most or all of the pathogenic microorganisms are deactivated or killed. Internationally accepted standards have been created to define the levels of deactivation that are necessary for different microorganisms in different applications. Sterilisation refers to the process which kills all forms of microbial life and is predominantly used for the decontamination of surgical instruments.

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AfPP Annual Conference 2022

University of York
8-11 September 2022

Infection 360: What's trending in infection prevention & control

Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham
27-28 September 2022

IP2022 IS COMING TO BOURNEMOUTH IN OCTOBER 2022

Bournemouth
17-19 October 2022

UKHCA Conference: Listen Up

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3rd November 2022

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Future Surgery 2022

ExCel, London
15th - 16th November 2022

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