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Archive Infection Control 2013

Are Your Rooms Really Clean?

Validate staff's surface disinfection efforts to find out.

Amy Waugh


surface disinfection WIPE OUT Do your staffers remember to disinfect the surfaces that are used so often they're overlooked?

Do you enter a room that's been turned over after a patient's discharge or a case's conclusion and determine if it's clean or dirty by sight? If you don't see debris or fluid, the room is ready to go, right? But you have no way of knowing how effectively microbes have been eliminated. Auditing how well your rooms are actually getting cleaned would offer peace of mind that they're safe for patients and surgery, validate environmental services' role in keeping infection rates in check, and suggest opportunities for improvement in practice or staffing.

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