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Environmental cleaning resources and activities in Canadian acute care hospitals.
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PMID:  24773787     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
BACKGROUND: Environmental cleaning interventions have increased cleaning effectiveness and reduced antibiotic-resistant organisms in hospitals. This study examined cleaning in Canadian acute care hospitals with the goal of developing strategies to improve cleaning and reduce antibiotic-resistant organism rates.
METHODS: Managers most responsible for environmental services (EVS) completed an extensive online survey that assessed EVS resources and cleaning practices.
RESULTS: The response rate was 50.5%; 96 surveys were completed, representing 103 of 204 hospitals. Whereas 86.3% (82/95) of managers responsible for EVS reported their staff was adequately trained and 76.0% (73/96) that supplies and equipment budgets were sufficient, only 46.9% (45/96) reported that EVS had enough personnel to satisfactorily clean their hospital. A substantial minority (36.8%, 35/95) of EVS departments did not audit the cleaning of medical surgical patient rooms on at least a monthly basis. Cleaning audits of medical surgical patient rooms frequently included environmental marking methods in only one third (33.3%, 31/93) of hospitals and frequently included the measurement of residual bioburden in only 13.8% (13/94).
CONCLUSION: There was a general need for increased and improved auditing of environmental cleaning in Canadian hospitals, and there were perceived EVS staffing deficits in the majority of hospitals.
Dick E Zoutman; B Douglas Ford; Keith Sopha
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of infection control     Volume:  42     ISSN:  1527-3296     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Infect Control     Publication Date:  2014 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-04-29     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8004854     Medline TA:  Am J Infect Control     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  490-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2014 Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.
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