We bring you the latest articles and advancements in infection prevention and control from renown global thought leaders in the Virox Solutions Newsletter.

In our latest issue our featured article is on 
Practical Approaches for Assessment of Daily and Post-Discharge Room Disinfection in Healthcare Facilities 
authored by Prof. Curtis Donskey, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Clevland. 

Other topics include:

  • Effectiveness of Cleaning Disinfection Wipes and Sprays, and What We Learned About ATP
  • Effectiveness of Various Cleaning and Disinfectant Products on Clostridium difficile Spores of Different PCR Ribotypes
  • Advancing Infection Control Education in Africa An Interview with Prof. Shaheen Mehtar

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2017 Spring/Summer Issue 


Topics Include:

  • Preventing Hospital Infections
  • The Role of Dry Surface Contamination
  • Compare the Impact of an Improved Hydrogen Peroxide Disinfectant and a Quaternary Ammonium on Surface Surface Contamination and Healthcare Outcomes



2016 Fall/Winter Issue


Topics Include:

  • Wheelchair Cleaning and Disinfection in Canadian Health Care Facilities
  • Microbial Contamination of Hospital Reusable Cleaning Towels
  • Environmental Contamination After Daily Cleaning of Occupied Rooms
  • Infection Control and Pet Therapy



2016 Spring/Summer Issue


Topics Include:

  • Pandemic - The Book
  • Put the Patient in the Room ...Always
  • Hygienic Conditions in Child-Care Facilities: An Integrated Microbial and Observational Study
  • How Cockroaches Could Save Lives
  • Clostridium difficile Infection Incidence: Impact of Audit and Feedback Program to Improve Room Cleaning
  • Physicians, Farmers, and the Politics of Antibiotic Resistance: A One Health Analysis  

2015 Spring/Summer Issue


Topics Include:

  • Dimensions of Non-verbal Communication
  • Microbiological Comparison of Hand-Drying Methods: The Potential for Contamination of the Environment, User, and Bystander
  • Your Own Personalized Cloud
  • Diversity of Bacterial Communities of Fitness Centre Surfaces


2015 Spring/Summer Issue


Topics Include:

  • Use of a Daily Disinfectant Cleaner Instead of a Daily Cleaner Reduced Hospital-Acquired Infection Rates
  • Virox Update
  • Outbreak of Norovirus Illness in a College Summer Camp: Impact of Cleaning on Occurence of Norovirus on Fomites
  • Transmission and Persistence of Livestock-Associated Methicillin-Resistant Staphyloccus Aureus Among Veterinarians and Their Household Members
  • Effect of Cleaning and Disinfection of Toys on Infectious Diseases and Microorganisms in Daycare Nurseries
  • Diversity of Bacterial Communities of Fitness Center Surfaces in a U.S. Metropolitan Area

2014 Fall/Winter Issue


Topics Include:

  • Environmental Cleaning Resources and Activities 
    in Canadian Acute Care Hospitals
  • Ebola Virus Disease
  • IPAC Canada 2015 Conference
  • Bacterial Resistance to Quaternary Ammonium 
    Compound Disinfectants
  • Bacteriophages as Potential Treatment Option 
    for Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria
  • Virox Technologies Inc. Announces the 
    Syed A Sattar African Scholarship
  • Improving hospital staff compliance with 
    environmental behaviour

2014 Spring/Summer Issue


Topics Include:

  • The Time Spent Cleaning a Hospital Room Does Not Correlate With the Thoroughness of Cleaning
  • The Dynamics of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Exposure in a Hospital Model and the Potential for Environmental Intervention
  • Healthcare Workers' Role in Maintaining a Clean Environment
  • The Role of Surface Disinfection in Infection Prevention - A European Perspective
  • 2014 Teleclass Education Lecture Series
  • Use of Household Disinfectants


2014 - 10 Year Anniversary Edition 

  • Hospital Cleaning in the 21st Century
  • SARS - Another Lesson in Humility
  • Healthcare Environment Decontamination
  • Patient Safety Climate: Variation in Perceptions by Infection Preventionists and Quality Directors
  • Role of Hospital Surfaces in the Transmission of Emerging Healthcare-Associated Pathogens



2012  Spring Issue

  • Attitudes and Beliefs Also Influence the Effectiveness of Hospital Cleaning
  • Advocacy for Health Worker Safety
  • Variable Evidence for Interventions
  • Patient Safety Climate: Variation in Perceptions by Infection Preventionists and Quality Directors

2012  Fall Issue

  • Mobile Phones and Nosocomial Infections
  • Decreasing Operating Room Environmental Pathogen Contamination through Improved Cleaning Practice
  • Combatting Biofilms
  • Infection Prevention and Control Related to Electronic (IT) Devices in Healthcare Settings

2012  Winter Issue 

  • Hospital Cleaning in the 21st Century
  • The Potential Role of Classroom Hygiene in the Spread of Infectious Diseases
  • The Role of Toilet Lids in Reducing C. difficile Environmental Contamination Risk

2011 - Spring Issue

  • Variations in Healthcare Daily Cleaning Practices
  • Productive Dissent – An Infection Control Heritage
  • Cleaning Agents and Asthma

2011 - Fall Issue

  • Economic Value of Norovirus Outbreak Control Measures in Healthcare Settings – A Review
  • Finding a benchmark for monitoring hospital cleanliness
  • If You Want the Truth, Ask the Housekeepers
  • Bacterial Colonization on Writing Pens in Healthcare

2011 - Winter Issue

  • Healthcare Environment Decontamination
  • Climate Change and Communicable Disease: What Are the Risks?
  • MRSA and the Case for Cleaning in Healthcare Facilities

2010 - Spring Issue

  • Microbicides in Healthcare: Usage, and Possible Problems
  • Improving Environmental Hygiene in ICUs
  • Private Rooms Significantly Reduce Your Risk of Hospital- Associated Infections
  • MRSA Carriage in Healthcare Personnel in Contact With Farm Animals
  • Norovirus Outbreaks in Dutch Nursing Homes

2010 - Fall Issue 

  • Enteric Outbreaks in Child Care Centers: Effective Infection Control Recommendations
  • Does Skin Decolonization with Chlorhexidine Pose a Problem for Surface Disinfection?
  • Variations in Hospital Daily Cleaning Practices
  • Role of Hospital Surfaces in the Transmission of Emerging Healthcare-Associated Pathogens
  • Grading Restaurants but Not Hospitals

2010 - Winter Issue 

  • Community Norovirus Outbreak – Lessons Learned
  • An Update on the Quality of Outbreak Descriptions

2009 - Spring Issue

  • Misuse of Surface Microbicides
  • We Can’t Cleanse Populations of Antibiotic Resistant Organisms
  • Knowing Robert Koch – Father of Microbiology

2009 - Fall Issue 

  • Eight Strategies for Healthcare Environmental Management
  • The Problems with Steam Cleaning & Microfibre
  • Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Back on the Seas

2009 - Winter Issue

  • Microfibre-Based Fabrics in Surface Decontamination in Healthcare Facilities
  • An Assessment of Infection Control Surveillance in BC Acute Care Facilities
  • Surfactants: A Toxicity Review

2008 - Spring Issue

  • Microbicide Use – The Double-Edged Sword
  • CDAD Concensus
  • Targeted Cleaning to Decrease MRSA Contamination

2008 - Fall Issue 

  • Infection Control Passport Program
  • Best Practices for Infection Prevention and Control Programs in Ontario in All Health Care Settings
  • A Case for Screening
2008 - Winter Issue 
  • Importance of the Environment in MRSA Acquisition: The Case for Hospital Cleaning
  • Golden Rule: Cleaning Must Precede Sterilization
  • Bacteria Can Hide Out in Cells for Weeks



2007 - Spring Issue

  • Antimicrobial Biocides in the Healthcare Environment: efficacy, usage, policies, and perceived problems
  • Canadian Government to Ban or Restrict Toxic Chemicals
  • Bacteria Found 2 Miles Beneath the Earth’s Surface
  • A Bacterial Solution to Depression

2007 - Fall Issue

  • Hypervirulent Strains of Clostridium difficile
  • Decreasing Clostridium difficile in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit Through Institution of Environmental Cleaning Procedures
  • MRSA - More Common Than Thought


2007 - Winter Issue

  • The Socio-Economic Burden of Hospital Aquired Infection
  • Tip of the Week to Improve Infection Control Awareness
  • Experimental Evaluation of an Automated Endoscope Reprocessor with In Situ Generation of Peracetic Acid for Disinfection of Semicritical Devices
  • Essential Training for Environmental Services Staff

2006 - Spring Issue

  • Eliminating Clostridium difficile from the Healthcare Environment
  • Human Avian Influenza
  • Infection Control in New Zealand

2006 - Fall Issue 

  • Fighting Surgical Site Infections
  • Hospital Disinfection
  • Cleaning and Surface Disinfection
  • Mortality Following S.aureus Bacteraemia
  • Five Common Myths About Changing Behaviour

2006 - Winter Issue

  • First Do No Harm
  • A Discussion of Measurement
  • Cleaning - Whose Job Is It Anyway?

2005 - Spring Issue 

  • Factors Influencing Biocide Effectiveness
  • Stethoscopes and Effectiveness of Disinfection Procedures
  • Carrier Tests to Assess Microbicidal Activities of Chemical Disinfectants for Use on Medical Devices and Environmental Surfaces

2005 - Fall Issue 

  • Robert Koch – Beyond Postulates
  • Educating Environmental Services Personnel About Infection Control and Prevention
  • Contamination of Computer Keyboards
  • Hospital Indoor Air Quality Observations and Recommendations

2005 - Winter Issue 

  • Environmental Spread of Infectious Agents and Interruption by Microbicides
  • Toxicity – Reality Check

2004 - Spring Issue

  • Infection Control Staffing & Surveillance
  • Infection Control and Foot Care Equipment
  • Lethal Effects of Heat on Bacterial Physiology and Structure

2004 - Fall Issue

  • Infection Control Can’t Afford a Communication Gap
  • Clostridium difficile and Environmental Cleaning
  • Where are all the Infection Control Professionals?
  • Microbial Resistance to Disinfectants and Sterilants

2004 - Winter Issue

  • Disinfectants and Antibiotic Resistance
  • Infection Control Guidelines

2003 - Spring Issue

  • SARS-Another Lesson in Humility
  • The Small Experiment
  • OMH Recommends AHP for SARS

2003 - Fall Issue

  • Infection Control: its time has come
  • Action and Resistance
  • Disinfectant Label Claims Unreliable Without Good Test Methods

2003 - Winter Issue

  • Biofilms and Hydrotherapy Tubs
  • Disinfection—Testing & Label Claims, Are You Asking The Right Questions?
  • A Norwalk Update

2002 - Spring Issue

  • Comparison of four compounds for disinfecting catheter hubs
  • The Significance of a General Virucide Claim
  • ESLB The Next Superbug?

2002 - Fall Issue

  • Why the Quantitative Carrier test?
  • Reprocessing Medical Devices —An Expert’s View
  • Decontaminating C. difficile with AHP




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