loading page

Microbial Decontamination: Understanding the Concepts and Types of Decontamination Methods, and Evaluating Their Usefulness
  • Ahmed Elkhatat
Ahmed Elkhatat
Qatar University
Author Profile

Abstract

Effective microbial decontamination of healthcare equipment, tools and surfaces is imperative in order to prevent the transmission of pathogens among patients, medical staff and visitors. The terminology used to describe microbial decontamination processes, including “sanitizing”, “sanitizing”, “antiseptic” and “sterilization”, is frequently used interchangeably, and the evaluation parameters are often misunderstood. Hence, the main objective of this review is to comprehensively explain the concepts of microbial decontamination, highlight the different types of microbial decontamination in terms of effectiveness of decontamination and how they perform with respect to microbial resistance.

Peer review status:UNDER REVIEW

27 Jul 2020Submitted to MicrobiologyOpen
28 Jul 2020Assigned to Editor
28 Jul 2020Submission Checks Completed
21 Aug 2020Reviewer(s) Assigned
16 Sep 2020Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending