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Hospitals crack down on germs

April 12, 2011

VANCOUVER, BC — A new housekeeping contract will include a team dedicated to disinfecting rooms after infectious disease outbreaks, according to The Globe and Mail.

The contract will also increase the target score on cleanliness audits from 85 percent to 90 percent, the article noted.

"These are things that everybody touches,” said Joe Murphy, vice-president of operations and support services with the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA).

"And after a room has been terminally cleaned or discharged clean, our expectation is that all those things would have been cleaned," Murphy added.

According to the article, the role of cleaning in disease control became a hot topic on Vancouver Island in 2008 and 2009, when an outbreak of Clostridium difficile (C. diff) swept Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.

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