By: John Goetz, Global Product Manager, Hydro Systems Each year, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control (APIC) celebrates International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW). The event, taking place Oct. 18-24, 2020, is an opportunity to recognize the efforts of infection preventionists and remind the general public as well as healthcare professionals of the importance of key methods that help reduce the risk of infections. Never before has this call to action hit so close to home. The coronavirus pandemic has infected millions of people around the globe this year and claimed more than 925,000 lives. People have turned to public health organizations like the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for credible information about how to protect themselves. Many individuals made their own face masks to reduce the spread of the virus in public settings and increased demand for handwashing and disinfecting essentials is still affecting available supply.
While everyone is now more aware of the role that cleanliness plays in infection prevention, there is not a vaccine available for coronavirus and it is unclear when or how one would be rolled out to global populations. Reviewing best practices on a regular basis is necessary for keeping infection prevention top of mind and helping the most vulnerable people and hardworking healthcare professionals stay safe and healthy.
Clean Environments for Everyone
Ensuring cleanliness in healthcare environments is essential for protecting patients, visitors and employees. Consider the following best practices that support infection prevention:
Putting the “health” in healthcare
Thorough cleaning and disinfection and the adoption of other best practices like implementing a well-managed laundry program support patient well-being in healthcare environments. Maintaining cleanliness and safety also helps employees in hospitals and long-term care facilities stay healthy, which is especially important during pandemic situations when there may be a shortage of qualified healthcare workers. With the right procedures, chemicals, tools and PPE, healthcare facilities can clean with confidence every day.
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