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Multi-pronged Approaches to Environmental Decontamination

Posted by Amanda Thornton, CIC, RN, MSN on Sep 4, 2018 8:12:00 AM
MITIGATING RISK IN THE TRANSMISSION OF EPIDEMIOLOGICALLY IMPORTANT PATHOGENS IN THE HEALTHCARE SETTING 

There is a lot of evidence showing transmission of pathogens both from surfaces in the healthcare setting as well as on patient and healthcare workers hands as a result of a contaminated environment (1).  To truly mitigate this risk institutions cannot rely on just one method or approach to environmental decontamination.  Rather, a multi-pronged approach must be considered as the new “gold standard” which would include an environmental cleaning program with proven practices to reduce the transmission of organisms, a robust hand hygiene program for both staff, patients, and visitors, and the inclusion of new novel approaches such as UV technology which show proven reduction in organisms on treated surfaces (2).  By utilizing a multi-pronged approach as the new standard of care, facilities are helping to decrease the risk of healthcare associated infections (HAI’s) in the hospital setting that come from a contaminated environment.

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