Literature Review and Practice Recommendations: Existing and emerging technologies used for decontamination of the healthcare environment - Wipes

Publication Date: 19 May 2017

This literature review aims to review the evidence for using detergent and disinfectant wipes for decontamination of the healthcare environment and reusable non-invasive patient care equipment.


  • To provide a generic description of wipes, including the proposed or actual mechanism of action and the procedure for use.
  • To assess the scientific evidence for effectiveness of wipes.
  • To explore practical and safety considerations related to the use of wipes.
  • To explore the costs associated with use of wipes.
  • To produce an evidence sheet for wipes to assist the Environmental Decontamination Steering Group in making practical recommendations on the use of wipes for NHSScotland.

Resource information

Health Protection Scotland
Publication type:
Literature Review


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