May 2017
Preventive Medicine & Vaccination
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Excellent patient care cannot be realized without consideration for infection control in the practice of veterinary medicine. Environmental contamination is commonly reported in association with epidemics of healthcare-associated infections. Because the environment can play an important role in infectious disease transmission, it is critical that hospital personnel have a working understanding of the cleaning and disinfection process, including commonly used disinfectants. Appropriate cleaning and disinfection can disrupt the chain of transmission, thereby protecting staff, patients, and the hospital environment from zoonotic and healthcare-associated infections.

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  1. Walters AH. Hard surface disinfection and its evaluation. J Appl Bacteriol. 1967;30(1):56-65.
  2. Quinn PJ, Markey BK. Disinfection and disease prevention in veterinary medicine. In: Block SS, ed. Disinfection, Sterilization, and Preservation. 5th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins; 2001:1069-1103.

 

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Brandy A. Burgess

DVM, MSc, PhD, DACVIM, DACVPM University of Georgia

Brandy A. Burgess, DVM, MSc, PhD, DACVIM, DACVPM, is assistant professor of epidemiology and infection control in the department of population health, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, Athens. Her research interests focus on infectious disease epidemiology, diagnostic test evaluation, and infection control and biosecurity. She earned her veterinary degree from Colorado State University, followed by completing both an internship and residency in large animal internal medicine at Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Canada, and PhD and residency in infection control and biosecurity at Colorado State University.

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