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HAI Reduction Best Practices: Follow Cleaning Procedures

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Hospital acquired infections (HAIs) are a multi-faceted issue that can be affected by a range of techniques and best practices. A recent article from Pharmacy One Source listed adherence to cleaning and disinfection procedures as one of many small ways hospitals can reduce HAIs.

In 2008, the CDC released its Guidelines for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities. While this is an in-depth report, the reasons for taking the time to acquaint oneself with the material are clear: “Failure to properly disinfect or sterilize equipment carries not only risk associated with breach of host barriers but also risk for person-to-person transmission (e.g., hepatitis B virus) and transmission of environmental pathogens (e.g., Pseudomonas aeruginosa).”

Cleaning procedure depends on several factors, including:

  • Type of equipment (Here’s another article from Pharmacy One Source outlining proper endoscope disinfection procedures)
  • Classification scheme: Critical items, Semicritical items, or Noncritical items
  • Whether sterilization or disinfection should be utilized

Remember that proper cleaning techniques are only one piece of the puzzle all hospitals’ face in reducing patient infection. Continuing education is a great way to improve outcomes and reduce cost.

What best practices are you implementing in your clinical setting? What procedures seem to be most effective in ensuring patient safety? 

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