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Int. Rev. Allergol. Clin. Immunol. Family Med., 2014, XX/3: 154-161

Title: Overview of microbiological hazards in treatment rooms

Author: Drobnik A.

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09-03-2014

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Overview of microbiological hazards in treatment rooms

Drobnik A.


College of Business and Health Sciences in Łódź, Poland

Int. Rev. Allergol. Clin. Immunol. Family Med., 2014; Vol. 20, No. 3, 154

In the twenty-first century, we became aware of microbiological hazards occurring in the treatment rooms, resulting from contact with other people, and with the cleanliness of the premises and equipment used in treatments. Such threats can lead to infections that are local or general in nature and are associated with undesired reaction of the body to the presence of infectious agents or toxins. Microorganisms that cause infections may be of endogenous or exogenous origin. Endogenous microorganisms are the natural human body flora and usually dwell in the gastrointestinal tract, oral cavity, vagina, skin and nasal mucous membranes. The exogenous microbes come from the external environment and are transmitted from a sick person, medical personnel, treatment room or office equipment, surgical tools, counter-tops, hospital beds, etc. As it turns out, in this era of advanced diagnostic and therapeutic methods, innovative medical techniques and invasive and non-invasive methods of treatment, the threat of microbiological infections remains valid.

Key words: treatment room, microbiological threat, infection prevention