The Norwegian Institute of Public Health was commissioned by the National System for Managed Introduction of New Health Technologies within the Specialist Health Service to perform a literature search followed by sorting of relevant research on the effect of automatic disinfection of rooms and surfaces in health facilities. The objective was to identify existing research on the subject as a background for a potential health technology assessment.
We performed a systematic literature search for research published between 2000 and May 2017 and categorized potentially relevant references according to the studied intervention. We included systematic reviews, health technology assessments and controlled primary studies on the effects of automated disinfection with hydrogen peroxide or ultra violet light (UV-light).
We identified 14 systematic reviews or health technology assessments published between 2011 and 2017.
We identified 43 controlled primary studies published between 2004 and 2017.
Two primary studies compared the effects of automated hydrogen peroxide disinfection and UV-light disinfection.
26 primary studies investigated the effects of automated hydrogen peroxide disinfection or UV-light disinfection compared to manual or other disinfection methods.
15 primary studies investigated the effects of different products or device room location.
We did not assess the methodological quality of the studies, nor did we summarize the results. We present references to the studies with links to the studies’ abstracts or fulltext.