Archive Infection Control 2010

Debunking 5 Surface Disinfection Myths

Misconceptions continue to muddle the proper cleaning of non-critical surfaces.

Ann Marie Pettis, RN, BSN, CIC

High-touch, non-critical surfaces and equipment such as door handles, stretcher side rails, blood pressure cuffs and stethoscopes rank low in the hierarchy of disinfection and sterilization requirements. In fact, there is often disagreement about whether they need to be disinfected at all, or whether soap and water might suffice rather than chemicals. Let's take a look at that controversy and several other surface disinfection misconceptions on our way to busting a few cleaning myths.

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