Educated Cleaners Effective Against C. Diff

High-touch surface cleaning increased after EVS staff training

August 1, 2019

Educating hospital environmental services (EVS) staff in proper cleaning methods can lead to fewer C. difficile infections, according to a new study published in the journal Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology.

More than 350 EVS workers in six hospitals participated in learning modules on hand hygiene, isolation precautions, personal protective equipment (PPE), and cleaning protocols. The training program implemented videos, demonstrations, role playing, and graphics to illustrate effective cleaning and disinfecting strategies. The purpose of the program was to increase and improve the cleaning of high-touch surfaces in hospitals and change staff culture regarding infection control.

After going through the training, 95% of EVS staff rated the information as useful, 91% reported they were more comfortable wearing PPE, 96% were more confident in their ability to perform correct hand hygiene, and 96% better understood the importance of disinfecting high-touch surfaces.

In addition, the frequency that high-touch surfaces were cleaned in the six hospitals increased from 26% to 62%.

C. difficile is one of several health care-acquired infections patients are at risk of contracting in hospitals and other health care facilities. Setting strict standards for terminal cleaning procedures can help prevent the pathogens that cause these infections from spreading among patients.

In addition to C. difficile, learn about other health care-acquired infections at an education session—Common Diseases in Health Care Facilities: How Environmental Services Can Reduce Frequency—on Wednesday, November 20 at  ISSA Show North America 2019 in Las Vegas. 



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