Pharmaceutical Microbiology: Disinfection 5PY017
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Pharmaceutical Microbiology: Disinfection 5PY017

This lecture covers the objectives of understanding disinfection, different types and properties of disinfectants, mode of action, factors affecting efficacy, resistance, disinfection evaluation, and HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) in pharmaceutical microbiology.

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Questions and Answers

What distinguishes a disinfectant from an antiseptic?

Disinfectants are used on inanimate objects, while antiseptics are used on living tissues

What is the primary objective of disinfection?

To destroy or prevent the growth of pathogenic microorganisms

Why are spores not affected by typical disinfectants?

Spores have a heat-resistant protective coating

What distinguishes high-level disinfectants from chemical sterilants?

<p>Exposure time and ability to kill bacterial spores</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is the primary difference between disinfection and sterilization?

<p>Disinfection reduces the number of microorganisms to a safe level, while sterilization eliminates all microorganisms</p> Signup and view all the answers

Study Notes

Disinfectants vs. Antiseptics

  • Disinfectants are used to kill microorganisms on inanimate objects, whereas antiseptics are used to kill microorganisms on living tissues.

Objectives of Disinfection

  • The primary objective of disinfection is to reduce the number of microorganisms to a level that is safe for the environment and individuals.

Effectiveness of Disinfectants on Spores

  • Typical disinfectants are not effective against spores because spores have a unique structure that allows them to resist the effects of disinfectants.

High-Level Disinfectants vs. Chemical Sterilants

  • High-level disinfectants are capable of killing all microorganisms, including spores, but may not be sporicidal, whereas chemical sterilants are capable of killing all microorganisms, including spores, and are sporicidal.

Disinfection vs. Sterilization

  • The primary difference between disinfection and sterilization is that disinfection reduces the number of microorganisms to a safe level, whereas sterilization completely eliminates all microorganisms, including spores.

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