Use of Biocidal Surfaces for Reduction of Healthcare Acquired Infections

  • Gadi Borkow

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-v
  2. Gadi Borkow
    Pages 1-6
  3. Axel Kramer, Ojan Assadian
    Pages 7-26
  4. Jonathan A. Otter, Saber Yezli, Gary L. French
    Pages 27-58
  5. Christophe Espírito Santo, Nadezhda German, Jutta Elguindi, Gregor Grass, Christopher Rensing
    Pages 103-136
  6. Panos A. Efstathiou
    Pages 167-186
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 209-215

About this book

Introduction

The notion that contaminated environments in hospital settings significantly contribute to the risk of an individual acquiring an infection while hospitalized is continuously gaining recognition by the medical community. There is a clear correlation between the environmental bioburden present in a clinical setting and the risk of patients acquiring an infection. Thus using self-disinfecting surfaces can be a very important adjunct in the fight against nosocomial pathogens. 

This book reviews the increasing evidence that contaminated non-intrusive soft and hard surfaces located in the clinical surroundings are a source of nosocomial pathogens and focuses on the utility of copper containing materials in reducing bioburden and fighting hospital acquired infections. It also reviews other biocidal surface alternatives and the economics of using biocidal surfaces in a hospital environment. Finally, it discusses the pros and cons of existent disinfection modalities other than biocidal surfaces.

Keywords

biocidal surfaces clinical settings metallic copper nosocomial infection

Editors and affiliations

  • Gadi Borkow
    • 1
  1. 1.Cupron Inc.HerzeliaIsrael

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-08057-4
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-08056-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-08057-4
  • About this book
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