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Compounding Disaster - July 2016 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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T he first time we trialed whole-room disinfection technology, our hospital was facing a Clostridium difficile outbreak that had caused 3 patient deaths in a month. When heightened precautions failed to decrease the infection rate, our director of epidemiology got in touch with a manufacturer who was planning the U.S. launch of a device that claimed to sterilize rooms with hydro- gen peroxide vapor. That was more than a decade ago, when there were few automated surface disinfection systems on the market. The J U L Y 2 0 1 6 • O U T PA T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T • 9 7 • SEE THE LIGHT Ultraviolet-C energy kills microbes on the surfaces it illuminates, but multiple cycles might be required to completely illuminate all surfaces. The Whole Truth About Whole-Room Disinfection Automated antimicrobial devices reach the corners and crevices that sprays and wipes sometimes miss. Nancy L. Havill, MT(ASCP), MHA, CIC Nancy L. Havill, MT(ASCP), MHA, CIC | New Haven, Conn.

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