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Informational Links and Cleaning Resources


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CDC Guide to Environmental Cleaning in Healthcare Facilities (download)

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APIC Guide to Elimination of C-Diff in Healthcare Settings (download)
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CDC Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC)
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Find Local Hospitals and HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) by zip code

> Key HCAHPS Question 1: Patients reporting room and bathroom were "always" clean
> Key HCAHPS Question 2: Patients reporting room was "always" quiet at night

ACA HAI link
"Using Microfiber Mops in Hospitals," Environmental Best Practices for Health Care Facilities, JCAHO Environment of Care
AORN Tool Kit
AORN: Cleaning Basics

Resource site with guidelines, powerpoint presentations on best practices, cleaning checklists and cleaning charts.

AORN Practices link
AORN: 2014 Recommended Practices for Environmental Cleaning (download)
AHE Training Videos
AHE: VIDEO on Environmental Cleaning Training

Create an account on AHE website to access full 15-minute training video that provides basics on patient-occupied cleaning, discharge/terminal cleaning and isolation room discharge cleaning.


Healthy Schools Campaign
EDUCATION: Healthy Schools Campaign: Green Clean Schools

Mop Water

"...Prepare disinfecting (or detergent) solutions as needed and replace these with fresh solution frequently (e.g., replace floor mopping solution every three patient rooms, change no less often than at 60-minute intervals), according to the facility’s policy.

--- CDC Guideline for Disinfection & Sterilization in HC Facilities, 2008, p. 85

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Mop Water Changing “To reduce the risk of cross-contamination for patients, conventional mopping techniques require janitors to change the cleaning solution after mopping every two or three rooms— meaning that cleaning solutions (including both chemicals and several gallons of water) are constantly being disposed of and replenished.”

--- EPA

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Microfiber Effectiveness "... In one study, the microfiber system tested demonstrated superior microbial removal compared with conventional string mops when used with a detergent cleaner (94% vs 68%). The use of a disinfectant did not improve the microbial elimination demonstrated by the microfiber system (95% vs 94%). However, use of disinfectant significantly improved microbial removal when a conventional string mop was used (95% vs 68%)(WA Rutala, unpublished data, August 2006). The microfiber system also prevents the possibility of transferring microbes from room to room because a new microfiber pad is used in each room.

--- CDC Guideline for Disinfection & Sterilization in HC Facilities, 2008, p. 31

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Wet-dusting “Wet-dust horizontal surfaces regularly (e.g., daily, three times per week) using clean cloths moistened with an EPA-registered hospital disinfectant (or detergent). Prepare the disinfectant (or detergent) as recommended by the manufacturer.

--- CDC Guideline for Disinfection & Sterilization in HC Facilities, 2008, p. 85

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ACA Impact: HAC Reduction Program and Penalties

"... the HAC Reduction Program requires the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to adjust payments to applicable hospitals that rank in the worst-performing 25 percent all subsection (d) hospitals with respect to risk-adjusted HAC quality measures. These hospitals will be subject to a 1 percent payment reduction In the FY 2018 HAC Reduction Program."

" ... the federal government will also require that HAI statistics be publically available on the internet, creating further incentive for hospitals to protect their good names and reputations in their community"

> click here for full fact sheet from (Centers for Medicare & Mediaid Services)

> click here to view 2017 penalized hospitals