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What is a biocide?

Synthetic or semi-synthetic molecules that, above certain concentrations and under defined conditions, will kill living cells within specific time intervals


What are sterilants?

Biocides that destroy all forms of microbial life


What are disinfectants?

Biocides that eliminate infectious pathogenic bacteria


What are sanitizers?

Biocides that reduce microbial contaminants


What are fungicides?

Biocides that destroy fungi on inanimate surfaces that are pathogenic to humans and animals


What are examples of mechanical devices used to control microrganisms?

1. indoor air
2. electronic air cleaners
3. ion generators
4. mechanical filters
5. pleated filters
6. activated charcoal impregnated filters
7. ozone generators
8. UV light
9. thermal mechanisms


What are alcohols mechanism of action?

Denaturation of proteins


What do alcohols have less activity against?

1. bacterial spores
2. some non-enveloped (non-lipophilic) viruses e.g. hepatitis A
3. protozoan oocytes


What non-enveloped viruses do alcohol-based hand rubs have activity against?

1. rotavirus
2. adenovirus
3. rhinovirus
4. hepatitis A
5. poliovirus


What is chlorhexidine's mechanism of action?

Disruption of cytoplasmic membranes with subsequent precipitation of cellular material


What agents do chlorhexidine have activity against?

1. Gram positive
2. Enveloped viruses e.g. HSV, HIV, CMV, influenza, RSV


What agents does chlorhexidine have limited or no activity against?

1. Gram negative bacteria
2. Fungi
3. Mycobacterium tuberculosis
4. Spirocetes
5. Non-enveloped viruses e.g. rotavrius, adenovirus, and enterovirus


What is triclosan's mechanism of action?

Enters bacterial cells and affects the cytoplasmic membrane and synthesis of RNA, fatty acids, and proteins


What is triclosan's activity?

Antimicrobial activity 0.2-2%, bacteriostatic
Gram positive > gram negative bacilli.
Reasonable activity against mycobacterium and Candida
Limited activity against filamentous fungi


What is a quaternary ammonium compounds mechanism of action?

Absorption onto the cytoplasmic membrane, with subsequent leakage of low molecular weight cytoplasmic components


What is the activity of quaternary ammonium compounds?

Mainly bacteriostatic and fungistatic
Gram positive > gram negative bacilli
Active against lipophilic viruses
Less active against mycobacteria and fungi


How effective are antimicrobial products in real life?

No evidence of real life effectiveness


What is dilute bleach recommended for?

Cleaning up significant spillage of bodily fluids


What is alcohol based solutions and gels recommended for?

Hand washing when soap and water are not available


What mechanisms exist for resistance in bacteria?

1. Enzymatic inhibition
2. Membrane impermeability
3. Efflux pumps
4. Alteration of the ribosomal target
5. Alteration of the cell wall precursor target
6. Alteration of target enzymes
7. Overproduction of target enzymes
8. Auxotrophs that bypass inhibited steps


What is the relationship between biocides and antibiotic resistance?

Potential impact requires further scrutiny as there is no definitive evidence but relationships have been seen with target gene mutations


What is the link between antibacterial products and allergies?

Inidividuals with allergies and eczema are more likely to have a Th1:Th2 imbalance with more Th2 activity. There maybe an association with excessive use of antibacterials in the home and development of allergies and asthma


What are recommendations for skin hygiene?

Mild, plain soaps are sufficient
Waterless hand hygiene gels are an altenrative


What are recommendations to prevent spread of respiratory tract infections?

1. Frequent handwashing for 15-20s (may use either soap and water or alcohol based gel sanitizers)
2. Not sharing cups, glasses, and utensils
3. Cough and sneeze into tissue then immediately discard
4. If no tissue is available cover the cough or sneeze and wash hands afterwards


What are recommendations to prevent spread of diarrhea and vomiting?

1. Frequent handwashing
2. Prompt disinfection of contaminated surfaces with household chlorine bleach-based cleaners
3. Prompt washing of soiled articles of clothing


What are recommendations for handling spills of bodily fluids?

1. Wipe of spills using paper towels or absorbent material and place in a plastic garbage bag
2. Gently pour bleach solution onto all contaminated areas of the surface
3. Let the bleach solution remain on the contaminated are for 20min
4. Wipe up remaining bleach solution
5. Disinfect all non-disposable cleaning materials used, e.g. mops and scrub brushes, by saturating them in bleach solution and allowing them to air dry
6. Remove gloves and place in plastic garbage bags with soiled cleaning materials
7. Double-bag and securely tie up plastic garbage bags, and discard
8. Thoroughly wash hands with soap and water


What are recommendations to control cross contamination in the kitchen?

1.. Clean and disinfect using soap and detergents, heats, drying and the mechanical action of dishwashers
2. Disinfectant or dilute bleach maybe used on kitchen surfaces


What are recommendations for cleaning toys at home?

1. Clean toys with water and detergent, disinfect and rinse before handing to another child
2. Machine wash plastic or cloth toys
3. Clean other toys by hand with soap and water or dilute bleach


What are recommendations for cleaning carpets and rugs?

1. Vacuum routinely
2. Clean carpets in infant areas monthly
3. Clean carpets elsewhere every three months and when soiled
4. Smaller rugs should be shaken outdoors or vacuumed


Does the CPS recommend the use of antimicrobial impregnated household products?



When should antimicrobial chemical agents be used in homes?

High risk scenarios only e.g. care of individuals who are receiving medical care at home


Which agents are recommended?

Alcohol, bleach or peroxidase based agents because they dissipate readily

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