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The Use of Disinfectants in Healthcare: Minimizing their Health Impact on Staff and Patients

Posted on July 25, 2014

By Mark Hodgson and Nicole Kenny

Disinfection of surfaces is a vital component of any healthcare organization’s infection control program to prevent transmission of infectious agents to patients.1 To minimize the risk of transmission, hospitals use a wide range of chemicals on a daily basis to help clean and disinfect surfaces and materials. However, many of the disinfectants used today present inherent health and safety risks. It is not uncommon to see the use of disinfectant products that present a risk of permanent eye, skin and mucus membrane damage and even the use of potentially carcinogenic products. From a risk assessment perspective, the pathogens left behind on surfaces are worse than the chemicals in the disinfectants. Read more…

Hazards of Toxic Medical Disinfectants

Posted on July 23, 2014

Hospitals and healthcare facilities should consider the environmental impact of cleaning products and disinfectants, but more research is needed to document the health effects of toxic products on workers.  Health Care Without Harm, Global Health & Safety Initiative, the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at the University of Massachusetts and the UIC School of Public Health review the patient, worker and environmental issues associated with toxic disinfectants and cleaners and recommend a systems approach for “greening the cleaning.” 

Read the report here  Lowell

Study Provides New Perspectives on C. diff Epidemic

Posted on July 23, 2014

More than 80 percent of hospitalized patients who tested positive for Clostridium difficile were tested outside the hospital or within the first 72 hours of hospitalization, suggesting that settings outside of the hospital may play key roles in the identification, onset and possible transmission of the disease, according to a new Kaiser Permanente study published today in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Read more…

Review of MRSA Carriage Among Healthcare Workers

Posted on July 3, 2014

A recent review estimated prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in healthcare workers (HCWs) to be 4.6 percent. The pooled MRSA rate was highest in nursing staff (6.9%).

http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/news/2014/07/review-of-mrsa-carriage-among-healthcare-workers-in-nonoutbreak-settings-in-europe-and-us.aspx Read more…

NIOSH: Exposure to Toxic Disinfectants Doubles Nurse Miscarriage Rate

Posted on December 4, 2013

Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control’s National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health surveyed 7482 pregnant nurses and found that exposure to toxic sterilants and disinfectants doubles the rate of miscarriages.

NIOSH Nurse Miscarriages