In case of an outbreak, i.e. in the event of the increased incidence of infections, the spread of pathogens needs to be prevented safely and quickly by disinfection. Surfaces concerned are rooms and areas where an infected or colonised patient/resident has been cared for or treated. Depending on the existing disease or type of pathogen all near-patient surfaces/objects or all accessible surfaces (floors, walls) are to be disinfected. If applicable, further surfaces outside the patient room that need to be considered contaminated are to be disinfected as well.
The disinfectant’s spectrum of activity has to be selected according to the type of pathogen.