Products and services containing toxic substances are used in many health care environments on a daily basis. These products and services are often necessary for sanitation, basic aesthetics, or medical purposes. Education on the harm these substances can cause, as well as their sources and healthier alternatives, is needed by health care providers to better equip them with the decision-making power to choose products and services that protect the health of their patients, workers, and the broader community.
Corporate policies specifying which toxic chemicals cannot be used are known as safer chemical policies. Safer chemical policies are becoming increasingly prevalent as organisations realize the harmful effects of many ubiquitous chemicals and opt to use safer, greener products and services.
Three recently published articles in the American Journal of Infection Control explore the efficacy of non-toxic options for disinfecting surfaces:
- 1. Reduced health care-associated infections in an acute care community hospital using a combination of self-disinfecting copper-impregnated composite hard surfaces and linens
- 2. Evaluating the effectiveness of ultraviolet-C lamps for reducing keyboard contamination in the intensive care unit: A longitudinal analysis
- 3. Evaluation of an ultraviolet C light–emitting device for disinfection of electronic devices
August 2016: Reduction of Hospital Environmental Contamination Using Automatic UV Room Disinfection published in InfectionControl.tips