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Fact or Friction? The Importance of Mechanical Removal on High-Touch Surfaces
Many health care facilities have considered or adopted “no-touch” technologies like electrostatic sprayers for disinfectants and coatings or surfaces with residual antimicrobial efficacy to help reduce transmission of the novel coronavirus that can cause Covid-19. Even after the current pandemic is under control, reducing populations of microbes that can cause infections will require innovations that increase the efficacy and efficiency of cleaning and disinfection. No-touch technologies sometimes are touted as replacements for traditional human practices using wipes, cloths and mops. However, mechanical removal of dust, dirt and residues that can harbor microorganisms from high-touch surfaces can be achieved only by physical cleaning. This presentation will explore various arguments in favor of and against each type of method and technology, including considerations from regulatory bodies and other organizations that recommend best hygiene practices for healthcare facilities and public spaces.

Learning Objectives:
• Describe the mechanisms and benefits of removing organic dirt and debris from high-touch surfaces and floors.
• Evaluate the merits and limitations of "no-touch" technologies for maintaining hygiene in healthcare and public health environments.
• Describe current regulations and recommendations for different types of antimicrobial technologies


Please Note: This is an industry supported program and is not eligible for CEUs.
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