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Am J Infect Control. 2013 May;41(5 Suppl):S87-93. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2013.01.001.

A risk assessment approach to use of antimicrobials in the home to prevent spread of infection.

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  • 1International Scientific Forum on Home Hygiene, London, United Kingdom. sallyfbloomfield@aol.com

Abstract

Home and everyday life hygiene is a key part of the public health strategy to reduce infectious disease, but an effective code of practice is required. This short review summarizes the basic scientific principles of a risk-based approach to home hygiene where hygiene procedures are applied at critical points at appropriate times. It suggests that, although detergent-based cleaning can be used to break the chain of infection, in some cases an antimicrobial agent is required.

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23622757
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10.1016/j.ajic.2013.01.001
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