Dr Tim Sandle, a Chartered Biologist with a first-class honours degree in Applied Biology, and a Masters degree in education, who is an honorary tutor with the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Manchester, discusses why the most up-to-date standards, known as European Norms (EN), should always be considered when selecting cleaning and disinfection products for use in hospitals and other healthcare facilities.
Effective disinfection of surfaces, instruments, and hands, is critical to minimise infection risks (bacterial, fungal and viral) in hospitals, especially during the current global pandemic. This requires the selection of the most appropriate disinfectants, their correct application, and an assessment of their capability to inactivate or kill microorganisms. There is a wide choice of disinfectant formulations available, and it is essential to ensure that the most appropriate disinfectants are selected and used correctly. This article