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Global Cleaning 2014

| IN PRACTICE | DISINFECTION IN HOSPITALS Disinfection in hygiene-sensitive facilities The basics for cleaning pros When it comes to disinfection and prevention in hygiene-sensitive facilities, what do you have to watch out for, when, and how? And who determines what you should know and do? The owner/operator of the premises, the realities of the job, or just plain common sense? Infection prevention comes in many shapes and with plenty of recommendations, guidelines and directives. An overview. From a German perspective, the heavyweights on the topic are of euros’ worth of Tamiflu vaccine were purchased, which then the World Health Organization (WHO), the Robert Koch Institute (because of its four year shelf-life) had to be disposed of at great cost. (RKI), the Paul Ehrlich Institute (PEI), the Friedrich Loeffler The German federal government alone spent 450 million euros Institute (FLI), the German Society for Hygiene and Microbiology on vaccine that was never used. The patent owner, on the other (DGHM), the Association for Applied Hygiene (VAH) and the hand, made over 9.5 billion euros since commercializing the Federal Ministry of Health (BMG) – more on this on page 30. vaccine in 2002. EHEC, H1N1 – better known as the swine flu – and H5N1, the avian flu, noroviruses, MRSA and now also coronavirus Mers-CoV – a new At the top of the pyramid: the Robert Koch Institute form of the SARS virus that is fatal in one out of every two cases: What these figures tell us is that infection prevention not only most facility cleaning companies have heard of these and other consists of a hygiene aspect, but also involves a certain conflict of pathogens and some may even have come into contact with one or interest. Counteracting hysteria with information, backing facts more during the course of their cleaning operations. In most instances, with figures, strengthening preventive measures with concrete encounters aren’t voluntary but most probably the result of an acute proposals and taking panic out of the equation, that is the mission infection at one premise or a mass hysteria, as was the case with of the institutes cited at the beginning. H1N1. Here, half the world’s population was in a state of fear, millions In Germany, the ultimate authority is the Robert Koch Institute When it comes to disinfecting hygiene-sensitive facilities in Germany, the Only products on the RKI disinfectant list may be used in operating rooms Robert Koch Institute is the ultimate authority. - a directive of the Robert Koch Institute. Photos: rationell reinigen 28 GLOBAL CLEANING | April 2014  


Global Cleaning 2014
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