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New approaches to enhance environmental cleaning in an acute tertiary hospital

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DOI: 10.1186/1753-6561-5-s6-p302
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New approaches to enhance environmental cleaning in an acute tertiary hospital POSTER PRESENTATION Open Access New approaches to enhance environmental cleaning in an acute tertiary hospital TK Yuen, LM Lin*, LE Choon, GY Yan, CC Sun, CY Chuo Ying, KY Hong From International Conference on Prevention & Infection Control (ICPIC 2011) Geneva, Switzerland. 29 June – 2 July 2011 Introduction / objectives Environmental contamination with nosocomial patho- gens on the near–patient surfaces and equipment has been associated with its indirect transmission. Thor- ough, regularly scheduled cleaning and disinfection of the environment is essential to break this transmission. Environmental hygiene is a priority for all healthcare faciltiies. Unfortunately, despite regular cleaning follow- ing patient discharge with a multi-drug resistant organ- ism, the environment may still harbor these organisms. Methods A multidisciplinary team was formed to look into differ- ent ways to improve environment hygiene. The project was carried out in a 36-bedded medical ward from Jun to Dec 2010.The project looked into enhancement of the environmental cleaning by process re-design. The used of two bucket methods of cleaning the environ- ment with micro-fibre cloths that were well soaked with Mikro Quart or phenolic instead of spraying the disin- fectant on the cloths. The 3-days education workshops were tailored to the language and cultural needs of the staff. The topics covered “Highly Touch” surfaces, envir- onmental hygiene and audit methods and finding. Effec- tiveness of the intervention was evaluated using a fluorescent marker, “Glo-germ” powder at random points in the ward. A checklist was used to monitor the trend of progress. The immediate feedback on the audit finding and action plan was developed for compliance failure to the staff and competency was monitored by direct observation. Results The environmental audit showed an improvement from a median of 64% to 95% following the above intervention

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