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Specialised cleaning associated with antimicrobial coatings for reduction of hospital acquired infection. Opinion of the COST Action Network AMiCI (CA15114)

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dc.contributor.author Dunne, Suzanne S.
dc.contributor.author Ahonen, Merja
dc.contributor.author Modic, Martina
dc.contributor.author Crijns, Francy R.L.
dc.contributor.author Keinänen-Toivola, Minna M.
dc.contributor.author Meinke, Ruth
dc.contributor.author Keevil, William C.
dc.contributor.author Gray, Jim
dc.contributor.author O'Connell, Nuala H.
dc.contributor.author Dunne, Colum P.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-06-21T14:01:08Z
dc.date.available 2018-06-21T14:01:08Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/6909
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Recognized issues with poor hand hygiene compliance among healthcare workers and reports of recontamination of previously chemically disinfected surfaces through hand contact emphasize the need for novel hygiene methods in addition to those currently available. One such approach involves antimicrobial (nano) coatings (AMCs), whereby integrated active ingredients are responsible for elimination of micro-organisms that come into contact with treated surfaces. While widely studied under laboratory conditions with promising results, studies under real-life healthcare conditions are scarce. The views of 75 contributors from 30 European countries were collated regarding specialized cleaning associated with AMCs for reduction of healthcare-associated infection. There was unanimous agreement that generation of scientific guidelines for cleaning of AMCs, using traditional or new processes, is needed. Specific topics included: understanding mechanisms of action of cleaning materials and their physical interactions with conventional coatings and AMCs; that assessments mimic the life cycle of coatings to determine the impact of repetitive cleaning and other aspects of ageing (e.g. exposure to sunlight); determining concentrations of AMC-derived biocides in effluents; and development of effective de-activation and sterilization treatments for cleaning effluents. Further, the consensus opinion was that, prior to widespread implementation of AMCs, there is a need for clarification of the varying responsibilities of involved clinical, healthcare management, cleaning services and environmental safety stakeholders. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Elsevier en_US
dc.relation CA15114 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journalof Hospital Infection;99, pp. 250-255
dc.relation.uri https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhin.2018.03.006
dc.subject antimicrobial coatings en_US
dc.subject hygiene practices en_US
dc.subject cleaning
dc.subject effluent
dc.subject antimicrobial resistance
dc.title Specialised cleaning associated with antimicrobial coatings for reduction of hospital acquired infection. Opinion of the COST Action Network AMiCI (CA15114) en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.date.updated 2018-06-21T13:50:01Z
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.jhin.2018.03.006
dc.contributor.sponsor European Cooperation in Science and Technology Programme en_US
dc.relation.projectid CA15114
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 2739123
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.identifier.journaltitle Journal Of Hospital Infection
dc.description.status peer-reviewed


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