surface disinfection

Procedure to reduce potentially harmful microorganisms on inanimate surfaces. Usually, the wipe method is used for surface disinfection; for surfaces difficult to reach, the “spray/wipe” procedure is also used. The Commission for Hospital Hygiene and Infectious Disease Prevention (KRINKO) at the Robert Koch-Institute distinguishes between two essential areas:

  1. Routine or regular disinfection as part of basic hygiene
    The aim of routine disinfection is to reduce surface contamination where there is no evidence of the release of specific pathogens, the elimination of which would require an extended spectrum of activity.
  2. Targeted disinfection:
    – surface disinfection with a special spectrum of activity
    – disinfection after contamination with material potentially containing pathogens
    – terminal disinfection.

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