A survey was conducted on the use of various disinfectants in Italy. Subsequently the data provided by the various hospitals appealed to (38.7% of which answered the questionnaire) was analysed. The disinfectants were divided into groups and the percentage used in various fields was calculated. A clear difference was revealed between the use of the various disinfectants in the North, Centre and South of Italy. The percentage of mistaken or improper use of the disinfectants was then calculated. Finally the relative consumption of commercial preparations using the disinfectants, the average cost per bed and the total expenditure on disinfectants in Italy were then calculated.
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