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Hospital cleaning, a key element to prevent cross-transmission and amplification of antimicrobial-resistant disease outbreaks

Sandra Malavaud, Head of Infection Control Departments, University-hospital Center of Toulouse-rangueil, and Cancer University Institute-oncopôle, France Pathogenic microorganisms, including those which are multi-resistant to anti-infectious products, can persist, often over long periods, in a poorly or badly cleaned hospital environment. Cleaning always entails detergents, and often disinfection. Disinfection is only optimal if the detergence has also been optimal. The main techniques entail use of often complex products and combined detergent-disinfectant products, of bleach and water vapor. The selection process should take into account the effectiveness of products and technical tools, their cost, the feasibility of their implementation, and their innocuousness for...

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The role of a global hand hygiene programme in supporting infection prevention and antimicrobial resistance control

Claire Kilpatrick (left),  Consultant, World Health Organization (WHO) Service Delivery and Safety Department, Infection Prevention and Control Global Unit, Geneva, Switzerland, and Honorary Research Fellow, Imperial College London (Faculty of Medicine) and Didier Pittet (right), Director, Infection Control and The WHO Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety, University of Geneva Hospitals and Faculty of Medicine, Geneva, Switzerland, and Lead Adviser, WHO Patient Safety Clean Care is Safe Care and The African Partnerships for Patient Safety Programmes As resistance to antibiotics becomes more common and a significant global burden, the role of hand hygiene in infection prevention and control (IPC) becomes ever...

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National strategies for the control of antimicrobial resistance: the Hellenic challenge

Flora Kontopidou, Head of the Antimicrobial Resistance Office, Hellenic Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, Greece Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a global public health threat with significant social and financial implications. For Greece, the challenge is to control the dissemination of carbapenem-resistant Gram-negatives (CRGNs) in healthcare settings and the use of antibiotics in the community and hospital settings. In August 2013, the Hellenic CDC proposed a holistic strategy to the Ministry of Health. This strategy focuses on strengthening institutional structures through administrative support, the establishment of infection control programmes in every hospital, and awareness promotion and training of healthcare providers....

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