Evidence Lacking for Environmental Infection Control Practices

August 28, 2015 | Aging Services Risk Management


​Despite the acknowledged importance of environmental cleaning of hard surfaces as part of an overall infection control program, only limited evidence exists regarding which practices are most effective, according to a report from the ECRI Institute-Penn Medicine Evidence-Based Practice Center sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The study's authors reviewed 80 clinical studies published in the past 25 years regarding cleaning practices targeting high-profile infections such as Clostridium difficile, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, and vancomycin-resistant enterococci.

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