Doctors call for reducing the use of chemical disinfectants
Many hospitals have returned to the massive use of chemical disinfectants since the start of the coronavirus epidemic. But doctors point out their health risks, and call for more regulated use.
Hygienist at Hyères hospital, Doctor Philippe Carenco warns:
"These biocides are used with frenzy within the framework of the Covid, most of the time without any justification, not even from a medical or scientific point of view"
, he explains for radio Europe 1.
The main risk is to make these bacteria resistant to antibiotics, and therefore to create formidable nosocomial diseases through overzealous cleaning.
But what to use instead? Microfiber cloths or steam machines can be used, methods without chemicals that are even more effective in preventing disinfection according to doctors. Cleaning products based on probiotics are also used : good bacteria to prevent harmful bacteria from developing.
These methods are not at all anecdotal. 93% of health professionals surveyed have adopted or say they are ready to adopt
these practices to reduce the environmental, but also societal and social impacts of hospitals.