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healthEhabitats™ Promotes CDC Guidelines for Infection Prevention of the Ebola Virus on Surfaces in Homes, Businesses and Medical Treatment Facilities.

October 10th, 2014 by Annette

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healthEhabitats™, the leader in Indoor Environmental Wellness and infectious disease prevention services, confirms its protocols regarding the utilization of disinfecting products in compliance with recent Ebola specific updates released by CDC and EPA.

Bohemia, NY, October 10, 2014 – Long Island based healthEhabitats™ and affliate ClinicalClean™ have fortified efforts aimed at prevention, as well as reaction to Ebola contaimination. Utilizing protocols in compliance with IAW local, state, and federal guidelines (including DOH, EPA, CDC,) the companies have begun disinfecting medical treatment environments utilizing its proprietary Spray ‘n GO™ technology. ClinicalClean has been providing medical grade cleaning and sanitizing services for almost a decade. Both ClinicalClean and healthEhabitats are geared-up and ready to provide services for those concerned with Ebola contamination.

As a service to the community, healthEhabitats has shared the most recent guidelines released from The Center for Disease Control (CDC) standards updated October 3, 2014 titled Interim Guidance for Environmental Infection Control in Hospitals for Ebola Virus” that focuses on proper cleaning and disinfecting hard surfaces. http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/environmental-infection-control-in-hospitals.html.

Daily cleaning and disinfection of hard, non-porous surfaces (e.g., high-touch surfaces such as bed rails and over bed tables, housekeeping surfaces such as floors and counters) should be done.1 Before disinfecting a surface, cleaning should be performed.

 

The basic principles for blood or body substance spill management are outlined in the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Bloodborne Pathogen Standards (29 CFR 1910.1030).2 CDC guidelines recommend removal of bulk spill matter, cleaning the site, and then disinfecting the site.3 For large spills, a chemical disinfectant with sufficient potency is needed to overcome the tendency of proteins in blood and other body substances to neutralize the disinfectant’s active ingredient. An EPA-registered hospital disinfectant with label claims for non-enveloped viruses (e.g., norovirus, rotavirus, adenovirus, poliovirus) and instructions for cleaning and decontaminating surfaces or objects soiled with blood or body fluids should be used according to those instructions.

 

Only one laboratory study, which was done under environmental conditions that favor virus persistence, has been reported. This study found that under these ideal conditions Ebola virus could remain active for up to six days.4 In a follow up study, Ebola virus was found, relative to other enveloped viruses, to be quite sensitive to inactivation by ultraviolet light and drying; yet sub-populations did persist in organic debris.5

 

1CDC Guidelines for Environmental Infection Control in Healthcare Facilities[PDF – 249 pages] (see: Environmental Surfaces Section).

2OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard 29 CFR 1910.1030

3CDC Guidelines for Environmental Infection Control in Healthcare Facilities[PDF – 249 pages] (see: Environmental Surfaces Section).

4Sagripanti JL, Rom AM, Holland LE. Persistence in darkness of virulent alphaviruses, Ebola virus, and Lassa virus deposited on solid surfaces. Arch Virol 2010; 155:2035-2039

5Sagripanti JL, Lytle DC. Sensitivity to ultraviolet radiation of Lassa, vaccinia, and Ebola viruses dried on surfaces. Arch Virol 2011; 156:489–494

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