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.