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Antimicrob Resist Infect Control. 2015 Dec 29;4:58. doi: 10.1186/s13756-015-0099-7. eCollection 2015.

APSIC Guidelines for environmental cleaning and decontamination.

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1
Singapore General Hospital, Outram Road, 169608 Singapore.
2
Thammasat University Hospital, Khlong Luang District, Thailand.
3
Cho Ray Hospital, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam.
4
Chong Hua Hospital, Cebu City, Philippines.
5
Association of Infection Prevention Control Nurse, Jakarta, Indonesia.
6
University of Malaya Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Abstract

This document is an executive summary of APSIC Guidelines for Environmental Cleaning and Decontamination. It describes best practices in routine cleaning and decontamination in healthcare facilities as well as in specific settings e.g. management of patients with isolation precautions, food preparation areas, construction and renovation, and following a flood. It recommends the implementation of environmental hygiene program to keep the environment safe for patients, staff and visitors visiting a healthcare facility. Objective assessment of cleanliness and quality is an essential component of this program as a method for identifying quality improvement opportunities. Recommendations for safe handling of linen and bedding; as well as occupational health and safety issues are included in the guidelines. A training program is vital to ensure consistent adherence to best practices.

KEYWORDS:

Decontamination; Environmental cleaning; Environmental hygiene

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