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Aug 23: What’s the best method for “cleaning” hospital rooms?

A new report entitled “Cleaning Hospital Room Surfaces to Prevent HCAIs” reveals the lack of knowledge on “proper cleaning” of a patient's room – but also illustrates the problems of misleading terminology.  Han et al say “Very little research addresses the best ways to disinfect and sanitize hard surfaces in a hospital room”, The report reviews 80 studies published between 1998 and 2014. A media report says ”The investigators found only 5 randomized, controlled trials that explored the best ways to disinfect surfaces. Fewer than 35% of the studies focused on infection rates or spread of disease due to unclean surfaces and most studies only examined the effectiveness of a single cleaning product or method, rather than comparing it against others.

In the introduction, the authors say “Environmental cleaning is a complex, multifaceted process and involves the physical action of cleaning surfaces to remove organic and inorganic material, followed by application of a disinfectant.  i.e. cleaning is cleaning and disinfection?

We must stop using the term "cleaning" to mean either "removal by physical cleaning" and "cleaning and disinfection"  and the term "unclean" to mean either " presence of visible dirt" or "contaminated".   

Read more at

Han JH et al Cleaning Hospital Room Surfaces to Prevent Health Care–Associated infections.  Annals of Internal Medicine 2015 Aug 11 issue.

http://www.philly.com/philly/health/hospitals/HealthDay702191_20150810_What_s_the_Best_Method_for_Cleaning_Hospital_Rooms_.html#Z8rk3M6YQhQes7Xk.99