Environmental surfaces could potentially contribute to transmission of infectious microorganisms. The cleaning and disinfection of patient-care is important especially that are most likely to be contaminated such as bed rails and doorknobs.
Procedure of cleaning and disinfection
Environmental surface is considered as one of non-critical items, thus high-level disinfectant is not required. The frequency and intensity of cleaning are based on the patient's level of hygiene and the degree of environmental contamination.
Frequently touched surfaces in the patient care environment such as doorknobs and bedrails are recommended to clean on a more frequent schedule more than that for other surfaces.
Use of Cleaner and Disinfectant
Select effective cleaner and disinfectant for proper environmental management such as Saracide from Saraya. Use in accordance with manufacture's instruction for amount, dilution and contact time is important to have expected efficacy.
Establish policies and procedures
It is recommended to establish policies and procedures in individual healthcare facilities for routine and targeted cleaning and disinfection of environmental surfaces according to the level of patient contact and degree of soiling.