DescriptionPrevention is the first line of defence in the fight against infection. As antibiotics and other antimicrobials encounter increasing reports of microbial resistance, the field of decontamination science is undergoing a major revival. A Practical Guide to Decontamination in Healthcare is a comprehensive training manual, providing practical guidance on all aspects of decontamination including: microbiology and infection control; regulations and standards; containment, transportation, handling, cleaning, disinfection and sterilization of patient used devices; surgical instrumentation; endoscopes; and quality management systems.
Written by highly experienced professionals, A Practical Guide to Decontaminationin Healthcare comprises a systematic review of decontamination methods, with uses and advantages outlined for each. Up-to-date regulations, standards and guidelines are incorporated throughout, to better equip healthcare professionals with the information they need to meet the technical and operational challenges of medical decontamination.
A Practical Guide to Decontaminationin Healthcare is an important new volume on state-of-the-art decontamination processes and a key reference source for all healthcare professionals working in infectious diseases, infection control/prevention and decontamination services.
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1 Introduction 1
2 Basic anatomy physiology and biochemistry 18
3 Medical and surgical procedures and facilities 52
4 Instrumentation 70
5 Microbiology and infection control/prevention 101
6 Chemistry and physics 130
7 Post-procedure handling containment and transport 158
8 Cleaning 173
9 Disinfection 219
10 Inspection packaging and loading for sterilization 259
11 Sterilization 291
12 Storage and distribution 360
13 Safety 370
14 Management principles 390
15 Special interest topics 418