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Would you be able to identify the differences between cleaning, disinfection, sterilisation and decontamination? Although similar, there are clear differences when working with infection control.
What follows are the definitions of each.
Cleaning & Disinfection: A process that removes dirt, dust, large numbers of microorganisms and the organic matter, killing most, but not all viable organisms.
Sterilisation: This is a process of removing or killing all viable organisms including spores. Dead microorganisms and toxins (pyrogens) may remain.
Decontamination: A process that destroys or removes all microbial contamination to render an item or the environment completely safe.
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