Environmental Hygiene Article Collection
- Recent data demonstrate that the contaminated hospital surface environment plays a key role in the transmission of Clostridium difficile. Enhanced environmental cleaning of rooms housing Clostridium difficile-infected patients is warranted, and, if additional studies demonstrate a benefit of “no-touch” methods (eg, ultraviolet irradiation, hydrogen peroxide systems), their routine use should be considered.
- Environmental 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.