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Assessment of and intervention for the misuse of aldehyde disinfectants in Japan.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Infection control and hospital epidemiology
Publication Date
Volume
23
Issue
2
Pages
98–99
Identifiers
PMID: 11893155
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

A survey of 145 Japanese hospitals revealed the use of 4 inappropriate aldehyde disinfection methods in 5.5% to 16.8%. Following education, there was discontinuation of 3 of these practices in 26 of 28 affected centers, but only 4 of 18 affected centers stopped the use of formaldehyde vapor cabinets. There is a need to inform hospitals about inappropriate disinfection methods that pose chemical risks to patients and staff.

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