Thursday 28 January 2016

A Practical Approach to the Selection of Cleanroom Disinfectants

Cleanrooms play an important role in hospitals, from special environments for the preparation of medicines in pharmacies to providing clean air zones for operations. Cleanrooms are designed with special air filters (high efficiency particulate air) to provide ‘clean air’, have positive pressure differentials to prevent the ingress of less clean air, and have strict entry and clothing requirements for personnel. Nevertheless cleanroom surfaces can become contaminated with microorganisms, transported in from consumables and equipment or shed from personnel. Surfaces pose a risk if they harbour high numbers of bacteria and fungi as such microorganisms can be readily transferred. Thus, an important part of contamination control within a cleanroom requires the use of cleaning and disinfection agents. A second risk arises within hands. Hands, whether gloved or ungloved, are one of the main ways of spreading infection or for transferring microbial contamination and the use of hand disinfectants is also part of the process of good contamination control.

In relation to this, Tim Sandle has written an article for Pharma Focus Asia.

The reference is:

Sandle, T. (2014) A Practical Approach to the Selection of Cleanroom Disinfectants, Pharma Asia Online.

The article can be accessed for free here

Posted by Dr. Tim Sandle

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