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Cleaning products used in patient areas must be US Environmental Protection Agency-registered disin- fectants, Berus says. “If staff use a product not appropriate for the sur- face they are cleaning, the risk of infection increases.” Staff also need to know how to use those products correctly, Roderiques says. “Always follow the manufactur- er’s instructions for use. They will tell you how the product should be applied to a surface and the length of time required for the product to success- fully complete the process of killing organisms and bacteria, also known as its ‘contact time.’ If you interrupt this process, there is no assurance that the threat from pathogens present has been neutralized.”


Since the design of patient areas and equipment vary from facility to facility, Roderiques says, ASCs should develop their own cleaning policies and procedures. “Perform an assess- ment that assesses your ASC’s specific infection risks. Use this information to build the plan staff and housekeeping service providers should follow when cleaning these spaces to achieve a safe and sanitary environment.” There should never be any ques- tion of who is responsible for what cleaning and disinfection responsi- bility, Gatton says. “We have daily assignment and task sheets for each department as well as for our cleaning service personnel. We also hold daily department huddles that encourage education concerning environmen-


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tal hygiene and safety. These have increased staff awareness of and com- munication concerning these issues.”


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ASCs must be careful, Roderiques says, to ensure their efforts to create a safe environment for patients are not diminished due to poor practices unrelated to cleaning and disinfec- tion. “Good environmental hygiene starts with hand hygiene. Poor hand hygiene, including not wearing gloves appropriately, can transfer dangerous organisms to patients and onto sur- faces that were cleaned.” She adds that anyone who enters patient care areas should be instructed on an ASC’s infection prevention pol- icies and procedures. “In addition to


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