CINCINNATI, OH — Cintas Corporation
announced the results of an attendee survey conducted at the recent APIC 2010 conference, according to a press release.
The survey was designed to better understand the relationship between infection prevention department and environmental services (EVS) in controlling hospital-acquired infections, the release noted.
Results showed that 79 percent of respondents indicated they work closely with the EVS department to establish cleaning protocols and ensure compliance, the release stated.
According to the release, an additional 73 percent of respondents advised they were also involved in the selection of the cleaning products used within their facility.
"Infection preventionists play a pivotal role in limiting the spread of bacteria and viruses in a healthcare environment," said Brent Shafer, vice president of health care at Cintas.
"By working closely with the EVS department, they can be a proponent for EVS to gain additional financial resources. This helps to improve overall levels of cleanliness, reducing cross-contamination and infection," Shafer added.