Keeping a clean environment can keep your patients safe. 

Many health care-acquired infections are related to the contamination of surfaces and equipment that patients come into contact with. The CDC recommends that all hospitals develop programs to improve high-touch surface cleaning at the time of discharge or transfer of patients. 

Just a few of the high-touch room surfaces include: 

  • Bed rails/controls 
  • Tray table 
  • IV pole 
  • Call box/button 
  • Telephone 
  • Chair 
  • Sink 
  • Light switch 

The CDC suggests that effective high-touch surface cleaning programs should be developed on a hospital-specific basis. These programs should share foundational components, outlined in detail here

For more information about environmental factors influencing patient safety, email Karin Kennedy.