Evidence of Supplementary Protection

With the current industry increase in cost-cutting measures and staffing constraints, some standards are not being practiced as fully as one would hope (Harris et al. 2000). In an attempt to combat this, various approaches have been taken to provide supporting measures to assist the healthcare worker and to provide cleaner surroundings. Indeed, new hand care preparations (Gould 2000) are being developed to assist the healthcare worker. Some of these contain the well-known antimicrobial agent, triclosan (Hoffmann et al. 2000) that has been used in hand soaps for many years. In an attempt to provide continuous antimicrobial action on surfaces, a novel application incorporating triclosan into the surface material used on a hospital over-bed table was reported by Van Enk and Lam (2000). This study showed that such surface treatment was capable of reducing many species of viable or living organisms on the surface within 60 minutes, as compared to more than four hours for the untreated control surface. This was an interesting application of an antimicrobial agent that was integrated into the construction material.