From an infection prevention perspective we do know that Coronaviruses are enveloped viruses meaning in the hierarchy of susceptibility to disinfectants they are among the easiest pathogens to kill. Ensuring we have a robust cleaning and disinfection program for environmental surfaces and shared patient care equipment and medical devices will help mitigate environmental transmission. Standard Precautions (Routine Practices) including hand hygiene and the use of Personal Protective Equipment (gloves, goggles, gowns, masks) are of course a cornerstone to any infection control program. The WHO has developed an Interim Guidance Document for Infection Prevention and control during healthcare for probable or confirmed cases of Novel Coronavirus (nCoV) infection and I know that many of our National and Regional Public Health agencies across North America have been developing and circulating similar guidance documents, screening tools and check lists.
Nicole Kenny along with Lee Nesbitt of Virox have a passion for infection prevention. It has led them to author many articles for various trade magazines and journals. They also provide webinars and seminars to educate the Infection Prevention and Environmental Services communities on the correct use of chemical disinfectants and their role in infection prevention. Be sure to visit the "Talk Clean to Me Blog" for more information.
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