Disinfectants-What can they kill?

In our previous post we discussed the wide range of disinfectants that are available, as well as some of the limitations that limit how effective disinfectants can be. In this post we will review in detail the microbiocidal ability of the classes of disinfectants which we have also handily...


Whats the evidence for hand or glove contamination with nosocomial pathogens after touching environmental surfaces?  

In previous blogs we discussed how surfaces in close proximity to hospitalized patients become contaminated with a range of pathogens (see here). Our review of contamination of environmental solid surfaces, and soft surfaces demonstrated that these surfaces have a role in the infection process. In...


What environmental factors influence survival of microorganisms on surfaces?

Microorganisms have been found to remain viable in inanimate surfaces from days to even years (1). The longer a microorganism persists on a surface, the longer the contaminated surface may be a source of transmission and thus endanger a susceptible patient or healthcare worker of becoming the target...


What’s in the environment? A focus on Fungi

Hi, in my previous post I briefly discussed the bacterial pathogens that can contribute to HAI and that are found in the inanimate environment surroundings of the patients. In addition to bacterial pathogens, fungi also pose a significant risk to the patients. For example, among the pathogens...