An overview of automated room disinfection systems: When to use them and how to choose them

J. A. Otter, S. Yezli, F. Barbut, T. M. Perl

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Abstract

Conventional disinfection methods are limited by reliance on the operator to ensure appropriate selection, formulation, distribution, and contact time of the agent. Automated room disinfection (ARD) systems remove or reduce reliance on operators and so they have the potential to improve the efficacy of terminal disinfection. The most commonly used systems are hydrogen peroxide vapor (H2O2 vapor), aerosolized hydrogen peroxide (aHP), and ultraviolet (UV) light. These systems have important differences in their active agent, delivery mechanism, efficacy, process time, and ease of use. The choice of ARD system should be influenced by the intended application, the evidence base for effectiveness, practicalities of implementation, and cost considerations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDecontamination in Hospitals and Healthcare
PublisherElsevier
Pages323-369
Number of pages47
ISBN (Electronic)9780081025659
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

Keywords

  • Aerosolized hydrogen peroxide
  • Disinfection
  • Gaseous decontamination
  • Hydrogen peroxide vapor
  • Ultraviolet light

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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