Decontamination in Hospitals and Healthcare brings an understanding of decontamination practices and the development of technologies for cleaning and control of infection to a wide audience interested in public health, including healthcare specialists, scientists, students or patients.
Part one highlights the importance and history of decontamination in hospitals and healthcare before exploring the role of standards in decontamination, infection control in Europe, and future trends in the area. Part two focuses on decontamination practices in hospitals and healthcare. It considers the role of the nurse in decontamination, the issues of microbial biofilm in waterlines, control of waterborne microorganisms, and the use of gaseous decontamination technologies. Further chapters explore decontamination of prions, the use of protective clothing, no-touch automated room disinfection systems, and controlling the presence of microorganisms in hospitals. Part three discusses practices for decontamination and sterilization of surgical instruments and endoscopes. These chapters examine a range of guidance documents, including the choice framework for local policy and procedures for decontamination of surgical instruments, as well as novel technologies for cleaning and detection of contamination.
Decontamination in Hospitals and Healthcare provides a reference source on decontamination for public health professionals and students concerned with healthcare. It is particularly useful for scientists in microbiology and disinfection/decontamination laboratories, healthcare workers who use disinfectants, students in microbiology, clinicians, members of the Institute of Decontamination Sciences/Central Sterilising Club, and those employed in the Central Sterile Services departments of healthcare facilities.
- Discusses decontamination processes in Europe
- Provides an in-depth understanding into decontamination in healthcare settings, specifically hospitals and dental practices
- Examines the decontamination of surgical equipment and endoscopes
Infection control/infectious disease/microbiology doctors; Infection control nurses; Clinical scientists/hospital laboratory microbiologists; Infection prevention control teams or committees; Hospital administrators
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- 12th December 2013
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"...a useful resource for all those actively involved and interested in the advances and innovations in decontamination technologies…I highly recommend this book in support of infection control and prevention for all operating theatres and sterile service departments."--Journal of Perioperative Practice, Decontamination in Hospitals and Healthcare
"While there are other books that do include this topic, it certainly deserves the special attention given here...I do think hospitals (and many libraries) should have a copy so that their relevant staff can access it."--Epidemiology & Infection,August 14 2014
Dr Jimmy Walker is a Water System Microbiology and Decontamination Expert in Public Health England’s Biosafety Unit at Porton Down, Salisbury, UK.
University of Leeds, U.K.