Environmental cleaning and disinfection of patient areas

The International Journal of Infectious Diseases has published a new article on environmental cleaning and disinfection of patient areas. The authors undertook a narrative review of the literature comprises hospital surfaces, other potential reservoirs of infection and the monitoring of cleaning.  Their review also considers antimicrobial ‘self-cleaning’ surfaces, cleaning robots ‘touchless’ technologies and also discuss other interventions to improve manual cleaning.   They also summarise  the strategies for environmental cleaning and disinfection of patient areas in a table.  For the researchers,  human factors will ultimately determine the quality of environmental cleaning in the hospital and will remain the patient’s best defense against invisible threats from the hospital environment.

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Abstract

The healthcare setting is predisposed to harbor potential pathogens, which in turn can pose a great risk to patients. Routine cleaning of the patient environment is critical to reduce the risk of hospital-acquired infections. While many approaches to environmental cleaning exist, manual cleaning supplemented with ongoing assessment and feedback may be the most feasible for healthcare facilities with limited resources.

Full reference: Doll, M., Stevens, M., &  Bearman, G. |Environmental cleaning and disinfection of patient areas | International Journal of Infectious Diseases |57| 2018 | P.52-57| Doi https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijid.2017.10.014

The full article is available for NHS Athens users, it can be accessed here 

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