1st Edition

Disinfection and Decontamination
Principles, Applications and Related Issues

ISBN 9780849390746
Published October 4, 2007 by CRC Press
512 Pages 81 B/W Illustrations

USD $220.00

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Book Description

In the battle between humans and microbes, knowledge may be not only the best weapon but also the best defense. Pulling contributions from 34 experts into a unified presentation, Disinfection and Decontamination: Principles, Applications, and Related Issues provides coverage that is both sophisticated and practical. The book reviews the fundamentals, explores the interdisciplinary nature of the science, and includes discussions of regulatory and legal issues. While the chapters present in depth coverage of infections in hospitals, they also widen their scope to include laboratories outside the healthcare environment.

Based on practical experience, the volume examines recent advances in the research, development, and applications for disinfection and decontamination in many different settings. The chapters address, and supply insight into, the issues found with infectious disease, devices and new materials for implantation, principles, mechanisms, testing methods and strategies, and various applications. They also cover current research and best practice for ways to reduce infection caused by devices. The book’s emphasis on new technologies highlights the need for safer biocides and microbiological concerns in the manufacturing environment.

The broad focus combined with the global, interdisciplinary panel of authors gives you a snapshot of disease transmission, perspectives on infectious challenges and solutions in a global perspective, and an understanding of global governance. The book offers in depth information on specific topics and an understanding of the fundamentals, giving you a starting point and precise information for resolving problems.

Table of Contents

Perspectives on Infection Challenges and Solutions, G. Manivannan
Sisyphus in the Microbial World Revisited: Global Governance, Antimicrobial Strategies, and Humanity’s Health, D.P. Fidler
The Need for Safer and Better Microbicides for Infection Control, S.A. Sattar and S. Springthorpe
Microbiological Concerns in Non-Sterile Manufacturing, J. Kirby Farrington and J. Polarine
New Technologies in Disinfection and Infection Control, J.A. Ramirez
Biocides: Modes of Action and Mechanisms of Resistance, G. McDonnell
A Pragmatic Approach to Judicious Selection and Proper Use of Disinfectant and Antiseptic Agents in Healthcare Settings, V. Suljagic
Extended Activity of Health Care Antiseptic Products, J.L. Newman and N.E. Kaiser
Disinfectant Rotation in a Cleaning Disinfection Program for Clean Rooms and Controlled Environments, S.V.W. Sutton
Reprocessing Flexible Endoscopes: Origin of Standards, Overview of Structure Function, and Review of Recent Outbreaks, T.A. Antonucci, N. Williams, and N. Robinson
Microbiological Testing of Disinfectants and Decontaminants for Critical Surfaces, D.A. Klein
Regulatory Constraints on Disinfectants and Decontamination, M.G. Sarli
Biofilms: A Summarized Account and Control Strategies, K. Nandakumar and K.R. Sreekumari
Consequences of Biofilms on Indwelling Medical Devices: Costs and Prevention, J.G. Thomas, L. Nakaishi, and L. Corum
Infection-Resistant Implantable Devices: Biofilm Problems and Design Strategies, A.W. Smith and S. Perera
Infections of Intracardiac Devices, G.A. Yesenosky, S.W. Sinner, S.P. Kutalek, and A.R. Tunkel
Intrauterine Devices: Infections and Biofilms, B.M.J. Pereira and V. Pruthi
Antimicrobial Urinary Catheters, D.J. Stickler and N.A. Sabbuba
Risk Factors for Postoperative Infectious Complications after Abdominal Surgery, P. Pessaux and E. Lermite

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"The title is attractive and stimulating, and review of the topics that it implies is timely . . . this book contains material of interest to many microbiologists, and may be recommended for library purchase."

– Niall Logan, Glasgow Caledonian University, in Society for General Microbiology, Feb 2009