JAY P. SANFORD, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Cleansing and disinfection to reduce the number of bacteria on skin, medical, and surgical materials and equipment, floors, walls, and furniture are a major activity in all facilities for medical care, from the physician's office to the nursing home and large hospital. Most widely used are the detergent solutions that incorporate materials such as hexachlorophene and germicides such as the cationic quaternary ammonium solutions (the "quats"), that is, benzalkonium chloride (Zepharin®, Detergex®, Detergicide®) and phenolic germicide detergents (Amphyl®, Tergisyl®, Staphene®). This control of environmental contamination is becoming increasingly important with the rising prevalence of opportunistic infections, especially those caused by
SANFORD JP. Disinfectants That Don't. Ann Intern Med. ;72:282–283. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-72-2-282
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1970;72(2):282-283.
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