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COVID-19 drives new standards of hygiene

By Tautvydas Karitonas, head of research and development at Inivos

As care homes across the country battle with the current, or just-finished consequences of lockdown infection control remains crucial to inspire confidence among residents, carers and their loved ones.

New standards of hygiene

The pandemic has accelerated the adoption of advanced cleaning technologies beyond hospitals and clinical environments, as care homes look to improve on manual deep cleaning.

Among the technologies in use are hydrogen peroxide vapour (HPV) or ultraviolet-C (UV-C) light technology to decontaminate environments and ensure virus and bacteria particles are eliminated. Already used by over 40 per cent of NHS hospitals, these technologies decontaminate spaces and reduce pathogens by up to 99.9 per cent. A recent study from the University Hospital Southampton also supports the use of hydrogen peroxide vapour to decontaminate gowns.

Care Home Management will be looking at new cleaning technologies in our January issue, which has special features on laundry and infection control. Sign up for it now online.

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