Proper cleaning and disinfection saves lives, your facility’s reputation in the community and the bottom line. The fact is that surfaces appearing to be clean might not be clean when scientifically quantified or qualified.
Here’s what we know – The role of the environmental surfaces in the transmission of disease has been well documented. We don’t need more studies to prove this fact; we need action if we are going to reduce the number of Healthcare Acquired Infections (HAIs).
Disinfection of noncritical environmental surfaces and equipment is an essential component of an infection prevention program. Noncritical environmental surfaces and noncritical medical equipment surfaces may become contaminate with infectious agents and may contribute to cross-transmission by acquisition of transient hand carriage by health care personnel. Disinfection should render surfaces and equipment free of pathogens in sufficient numbers to prevent human disease (i.e., hygienically clean).
As reimbursements become more aligned to the quality of care, there has never been a more compel-ling business case for healthcare institutions to focus on preventing infection. While there are several factors that can impact infection rates—including early identification of infected or colonized patients, antibiotic stewardship and hand hygiene—a focus on improved cleaning and disinfection practices is warranted.
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