Quick Guide: For Healthcare Facility Disinfection
Given the highly contagious nature of some pathogens, guidance has been developed and promoted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for environmental cleaning in areas including healthcare settings. As the pandemic continues to evolve, it is vital to be aware of guidelines and best practices and to stay vigilant in cleaning and disinfecting protocols.
Environmental cleaning procedures should be based on the risk of pathogen transmission which is evaluated by:
+ Likelihood of contamination.
+ Vulnerability of the patients to infection.
+ Potential for exposure (i.e., high-touch vs low-touch surfaces).
These three elements combine to identify low, moderate, and high risk to determine cleaning frequency, method, and process in routine and contingency cleaning schedules for all patient care areas. For more information, review the CDC’s best practices for environmental cleaning. We encourage you to download our latest clinical resource providing insight into understanding disinfection guidance to stay ahead.