Brief Report| Volume 44, ISSUE 11, P1399-1400, November 01, 2016

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Cleaning practices in the hospital setting: Are high-touch surfaces in isolation and standard precaution patient rooms cleaned to the same standard?


      • Using a gel ultravoilet marking system for cleaning compliance evaluation is recommended rather than a powder or lotion system.
      • It is imperative that staff perceptions related to pathogen transmission and isolation precautions are addressed.
      • A system that uses evaluation, intervention, feedback, and education that is culturally and linguistically appropriate is key to success in reducing health care–associated infections.
      The purpose of this quality improvement project was to identify differences in cleaning practices between isolation rooms and standard precaution rooms in the hospital setting. An ultravoilet marking system was used to evaluate high-touch surfaces throughout the patient environment. Results reveal the importance of refining training systems to reflect staff perceptions and improve evaluation processes across systems in an effort to reduce health care–associated infections.

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