Environmental decontamination is also known as environmental disinfection or environmental cleaning. It is the process of thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting surfaces in a healthcare environment to rid them of a harmful level of contamination. Companies like Jet Blast Inc. can be trusted to handle this vital healthcare process for you, using the proper environmental decontamination cleaning tools and best practices. Learn more about this topic below.
What Is Environmental Decontamination?
Environmental decontamination is the cleaning of healthcare facilities to eliminate sickness from the healthcare environment. It brings contaminants in the area down to a low enough level that they do not provoke healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs.) These contaminants include microbes (germs and viruses) and non-microbial substances (bodily fluids, dust, etc.)
The categories for different surfaces needing environmental decontamination include non-critical, semi-critical, and critical surfaces.
- Non-critical surfaces are those that would only affect the patient by touch, such as door knobs and bed railings.
- Semi-critical surfaces may have contact with mucous membranes.
- Critical surfaces are internal to the patient; these would include surgical tools.
Environmental disinfection includes both cleaning and disinfecting. Cleaning removes apparent dirt from surfaces like machines and tools, but disinfecting removes as many pathogens as possible. It is impossible to remove every single microbe in an environment, but it is possible to keep the microbe population low enough to prevent HCAIs.
Best Practices in Environmental Decontamination
Environmental decontamination cleaning follows several fundamental best practices for the best results. They are as follows:
- Use hospital-grade cleaners. A neutral detergent is recommended for removing contaminants without leaving a chemical film behind.
- Clean from cleanest to dirtiest. Tackling the cleanest surfaces first limits the spread of contaminants onto already cleaner areas.
- Do not use cleaners or cleaning tools that spread chemicals, dust, or dirt through the air.
- Follow the manufacturers’ directions on how to prepare cleaning chemicals for use, such as dilution according to a specific percentage.
- Conduct bacteriological monitoring for extra assurance of the quality of the healthcare environment.
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