APIC and AHE Launch Education Campaign to Enhance Patient Care

October 3, 2011

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) and the Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) have partnered “to strengthen the relationship between infection prevention (IP) and environmental services (EVS)” by launching an education initiative called “Clean Spaces, treatment Healthy Patients.”

The initiative is a joint educational campaign that will utilize “educational resources, buy cialis training materials, viagra and other solutions to help IP and EVS professionals combat the spread of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).”

The process of cleaning and disinfecting healthcare facilities is of the utmost importance to best ensure patient safety and prevent the spread of HAIs. According to AHE practice guidance, daily cleaning and disinfecting of an occupied patient room with attention to high touch surfaces such as bedrails, knobs, call buttons, etc., will take approximately 25-30 minutes per room. A terminal/discharge cleaning will take longer, 40-45 minutes and up to 60 minutes, depending on room size, number of horizontal and high touch surfaces, and number of tasks to be performed in an efficacious manner.

“As the government and accrediting bodies increase scrutiny in this area, rigorous environmental cleaning becomes even more important,” said Bill Rutala, PhD, MPH, CIC, Clinical Advisor to APIC, and Director of Hospital Epidemiology, Occupational Health & Safety Program, University of North Carolina Health Care, Chapel Hill, N.C. “There are well-established guidelines for proper cleaning and disinfection, and making this information available to professionals and front line staff is vital.”

Click here to read the APIC press release.

For more information about the Clean Spaces, Healthy Patients Initiative, visit www.apic.org/CleanSpaces.

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