ANTIMICROBIAL TREATED CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS AND AIR FILTERS. REDUCE FACILITY BIOBURDEN AND IMPROVE AIR QUALITY IN. A HEALTHCARE ENVIRONMENT

G. M. McNeice1, O. Z. Tyler2 and D. W. Blackhurst3

1Clemson University, 2OZ Enterprises, 3Greenville Hospital System3

Background

The continued evidence of the presence and spread of pathogenic organisms on environmental surfaces in acute, ambulatory, short-term and long-term healthcare facilities and in the home, suggests that additional cleaning and maintenance protocols are needed. The gold standards of “good hand washing” and daily disinfecting of critical surfaces do not appear to be able to combat the increasing rate of hospital-acquired infections.