Special Issue: Hospital Hygiene in Europe

B. Lytsy - Infection Prevention and Control in Sweden
P. Parneix - Healthcare-associated infection prevention in France
A. Asensio, M. Cantero - Hospital Hygiene in Spain
S. Brusaferro, L. Arnoldo - Infection Control and Hospital Hygiene in Italy: state of the art and perspectives
P. Bergervoet - Infection prevention in hospitals and nursing homes in the Netherlands
S. Brusaferro, L. Arnoldo - Infection prevention and control in Europe: the role of EUNETIPS
The high prevalence of hepatitis B and C in the Mongolian population is imputed not least to inadequate reprocessing of the medical devices used.
For the purpose of the current study conducted in 77 healthcare institutions in Mongolia, 105 autoclaves, three ethylene oxide (EO) sterilizers, one formaldehyde (FO) and one plasma (H2O2)
sterilizer were investigated with biological indicators. 8 % of the autoclaves and two of the three EO sterilizers showed unsatisfactory performance. The H2O2 and FO sterilizers tested inactivated the biological indicators.
IDSc Conference, 27 – 29 November 2017 in Blackpool
Like every year at the end of autumn, the members of the Institute of Decontamination Sciences met for their annual
conference in Blackpool. This year, however, the event was special, because the IDSc celebrated its 50th anniversary.
Process challenge devices (PCDs) according to Annex 9 of the Guideline are used for the process control of the overall reprocessing efficacy for thermolabile endoscopes. The analysis of these PCDs is sophisticated and requires a microbiological laboratory. These PCDs are therefore not appropriate for routine controls in central sterile departments.
Annual Conference of the Infection Prevention Society, Manchester, England, 18 – 20 September 2017 The British Infection Prevention Society held its jubilee conference in Manchester. The delegates were able to choose from a varied block of topics in accordance with their professional background and level of knowledge. For example, there were special sessions on domiciliary care and for dentistry personnel, and as always also talks aimed at those who were “New to Infection Prevention”.

Guideline 05/2017

NEW: Guideline compiled by DGKH, DGSV and AKI for the validation and routine monitoring of automated cleaning and thermal disinfection processes for medical devices
5th Edition 2017
January 2018: Open Access Service for the VAH list online
Tags: VAH, open Access
for iOS and Android
18th World Sterilization Congress in Bonn, Germany organized by the DGSV and the World Federation WFHSS
The 2nd annual Infection Control, Sterilization & Decontamination in Healthcare Congress was held on 21 and 22 March in London with some 150 delegates in attendance. Graham Stanton spoke about the new English HTM guidance. He said the CFPP document title was causing confusion and needed changing. When discussing protein detection, he said that traditional methods of detection were not sensitive enough. Referring to the TSE guidance and in particular Part 4, he stated that para's C3 and C4 were the driver for change. He also stated that the protein level should not be seen as absolute and that continuous improvement is required.