Do You Know What 256 Means?
If you are ever visiting a patient in the hospital, be aware, their bedrail has been touched up to 256 times in one day by multiple people — yet only disinfected once. What does hospital disinfection mean? It describes the elimination of all pathogenic microorganisms that cause infection, including serious antibiotic-resistant organisms such as Candida auris. It must be applied on all surfaces, machines, and devices multiple times a day to ensure the lowest risk of transmitting infectious pathogens to patients and healthcare workers. Disinfectants are not for skin-to-skin contact.
The CDC has specific recommendations as to the appropriate type of disinfectants and methods that can counteract health care-associated infection (HAI).To learn more about these guidelines, visit here.