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Prevention is the first line of defence in the fight against infection. As antibiotics and other antimicrobials encounter increasing reports of microbial resistance, the field of decontamination science is undergoing a major revival. A Practical Guide to Decontaminationin Healthcare is a comprehensive training manual, providing practical guidance on all aspects of decontamination including: microbiology and infection control; regulations and standards; containment, transportation, handling, cleaning, disinfection and sterilization of patient used devices; surgical instrumentation; endoscopes; and quality management systems. Written by highly experienced professionals, A Practical Guide to Decontaminationin Healthcare comprises a systematic review of decontamination methods, with uses and advantages outlined for each. Up-to-date regulations, standards and guidelines are incorporated throughout, to better equip healthcare professionals with the information they need to meet the technical and operational challenges of medical decontamination. A Practical Guide to Decontaminationin Healthcare is an important new volume on state-of-the-art decontamination processes and a key reference source for all healthcare professionals working in infectious diseases, infection control/prevention and decontamination services.Content: Chapter 1 Introduction (pages 1–17): Chapter 2 Basic Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry (pages 18–51): Chapter 3 Medical and Surgical Procedures and Facilities (pages 52–69): Chapter 4 Instrumentation (pages 70–100): Chapter 5 Microbiology and Infection Control/Prevention (pages 101–129): Chapter 6 Chemistry and Physics (pages 130–157): Chapter 7 Post?Procedure Handling, Containment and Transport (pages 158–172): Chapter 8 Cleaning (pages 173–218): Chapter 9 Disinfection (pages 219–258): Chapter 10 Inspection, Packaging and Loading for Sterilization (pages 259–290): Chapter 11 Sterilization (pages 291–359): Chapter 12 Storage and Distribution (pages 360–369): Chapter 13 Safety (pages 370–389): Chapter 14 Management Principles (pages 390–417): Chapter 15 Special Interest Topics (pages 418–436):
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Gerard McDonnell (20 January 1971 – 2 August 2008), mountaineer and engineer, was the first Irish person to reach the summit of K2, the second-highest mountain on Earth, in August 2008. He lost his life along with 10 other mountaineers following an avalanche on the descent, in the worst single accident in the history of K2 mountaineering.
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