Disinfecting surfaces in hospitals is challenging and time-consuming work. Research suggests only 50% of surfaces in patient rooms and operating rooms are effectively disinfected.Proper disinfection of portable and shared medical equipment is also an important component of infection prevention as this equipment frequently becomes contaminated with healthcare-associated pathogens. In addition, such equipment often has irregular and difficult-to-clean surfaces resulting in suboptimal manual cleaning and disinfection.
A study conducted by Curtis Donskey, MD, an infectious disease specialist at the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, found medical equipment was not disinfected after use 90% of the time. Sampling also showed that 27.5% of mobile equipment had one or more pathogens on them. These results demonstrate that mobile equipment is frequently used, infrequently cleaned and can serve as a vector for dissemination of pathogens.
"Through this study, it became abundantly clear that healthcare facilities needed an efficient solution to help prevent the transmission of healthcare-associated pathogens from portable medical equipment," said Lynda Lurie, director of marketing, Clorox Professional Products Company. "Clorox Healthcare Spore Defense Cleaner Disinfectant through the Clorox Total 360 System makes a challenging, but imperative task easier for end-users while also providing complete coverage. Healthcare facilities can finally rest assured knowing they covered the germ hot spots often missed through manual cleaning."