The increase of healthcare associated infections, also known as hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), and Surgical Site Infections (SSIs) has led to much discussion, and many reviews, of standard hospital cleaning protocols. The Infection Control Practitioner, along with other Environmental Services Groups, have been tasked to formulate plans and follow established protocols designed to reduce, and even eliminate, harmful pathogens within their respective hospital environments. Goals include targeting and maintaining zero infections in healthcare sites.
Statistics of deaths from HAIs are frightening, with an estimated annual death rate of 90,000 recorded patients, not to mention the overwhelming cost involved to treat patients with infections. Having enough time for effective environmental cleaning is also challenging, and often so restricted that terminally cleaning patient rooms and surgical suites is often very difficult.