Limited resources can make a standardized environmental cleaning program challenging in ambulatory care settings, according to an article on the Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality website.
But these facilities still must have infection prevention on their radar. Among the key pieces of information healthcare leaders to know about implementing a standardized environmental cleaning program are:
• After a surface is contaminated, patients and staff can easy and unknowingly transmit its pathogens to susceptible others within the facility
• There's a difference between cleaning and disinfecting. Cleaning always precedes disinfecting and involves the removal of visible soil and organic contamination.
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