Good hygiene is crucial for the prevention of infections and pathogen transmission in health care. With more invasive methods in diagnostics and therapy, and more medical devices, the risk of infections has increased during the past years.
Cleaning and disinfection of surfaces has become increasingly important in the multi-barrier approach for preventing infection, in addition to hand hygiene and proper reprocessing of medical devices.
· There is good evidence that contaminated dry surfaces contribute to the spread of nosocomial pathogens.
· It is undisputed that environmental disinfection is necessary in certain risk areas and in outbreak situations.
· It is widely acknowledged that proper use of disinfectants contributes to the control of pathogens in outbreak situation as part of a bundle strategy.