How far does the role of the hospital cleaner extend and where do his or her responsibilities end? And can some cleaning tasks simply fall through the net? Ann Laffeaty finds out.
It is generally acknowledged that good cleaning and hygiene practices are vital in the healthcare industry to minimise the spread of healthcare-acquired infections. But
What are the latest cleaning and hygiene technologies in the healthcare sector? Ann Laffeaty looks at steam cleaning, ultrasonic tanks, silver ion systems plus some innovative ideas for the future such as patient tracking technology and 'intelligent' hand washing systems.
The healthcare sector is coming under increasing pressure to reduce HCAI
Over four million patients are estimated to acquire a healthcare-associated infection in the EU each year. Much of the blame for increases has been targeted at 'dirty' hospitals. Here, Paul Weaving, lead nurse infection prevention and control at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust in the UK, writes about the perceived links between cleanliness