Microbial Pathogen Concerns in Outpatient Care Centers
Healthcare-associated infections are a major concern for infection control professionals throughout the world. These infections, which patients acquire during the course of receiving healthcare treatment for other conditions, can be devastating and even deadly. They also add billions of dollars in medical costs each year.
These HAIs are a major focus of not only traditional hospitals, but also for the growing number of outpatient clinics, ambulatory surgical centers and other nonhospital-based clinics. Infection prevention needs to be a priority in any setting where healthcare is delivered to prevent these infections caused by various bacteria, fungi and viruses. A key component to this is environmental cleaning and disinfection. Cleaning refers to the removal of visible soil and organic contamination from a device or environmental surface. This process removes large numbers of microorganisms from surfaces and must always precede disinfection procedures.
Special attention during cleaning and disinfection should be placed on surfaces that are most likely to become contaminated with pathogens, including those in close proximity to the patient and frequently touched surfaces in the patient-care environment. Facility policies and procedures should also address prompt and appropriate cleaning and decontamination of potentially infectious materials.
“Cleaning and disinfection procedures should be periodically monitored or assessed to ensure that they are consistently and correctly performed,” said Jason Dobranic, Ph.D., Vice President of Microbiology and Life Sciences at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “There are many pathogens that can cause issues in healthcare environments. They include Acinetobacter baumannii, Burkholderia cepacia, Clostridium difficile, Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, Klebsiella, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA, to name just a few. EMSL provides environmental testing services for microbial pathogens to help with monitoring disinfection procedures and to help identify the source of an outbreak if one occurs.”
EMSL recently sponsored an educational video about outpatient care centers, HAIs and environmental cleaning that can be seen at: http://youtu.be/p6buzy9TDI0. To learn more about environmental testing for microbial pathogens or other health and safety testing issues, please visit www.EMSL.com, call (800) 220-3675 or email info@EMSL.com .
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