Environmental Hygiene Article Collection
A survey of environmental service workers' knowledge and opinions regarding environmental cleaningEnvironmental service workers play an important role in the prevention of health care–associated infections. Environmental service workers working at a Veterans Administration Medical Center completed the Environmental Service Workers' Knowledge and Opinions Regarding Environmental Cleaning Survey. The findings from this survey suggest the need for further education of environmental service workers regarding the different types of pathogens that are spread by contaminated environmental surfaces and which of these are killed with bleach.
Role of hospital surfaces in the transmission of emerging health care-associated pathogens: Norovirus, Clostridium difficile, and Acinetobacter speciesHealth care-associated infections (HAI) remain a major cause of patient morbidity and mortality. Although the main source of nosocomial pathogens is likely the patient's endogenous flora, an estimated 20% to 40% of HAI have been attributed to cross infection via the hands of health care personnel, who have become contaminated from direct contact with the patient or indirectly by touching contaminated environmental surfaces. Multiple studies strongly suggest that environmental contamination plays an important role in the transmission of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus spp.