Thorough environmental cleaning and disinfection of rooms where patients with multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) were hospitalized and treated is essential. The purpose of this cleaning and disinfection process is to remove bacterial contamination from environmental surfaces and equipment surfaces where patients receive care in order to prevent the transmission of the microorganism from patient to patient, from patients to healthcare workers, and from patients to visitors.
Environmental services (ES) personnel should receive proper training and education on patient room cleaning and disinfecting protocols, and they must use all barrier precautions (such as masks, gloves and gowns) when cleaning in rooms or units where surfaces may be contaminated with infectious microorganisms.
ES personnel should use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved, hospital-grade cleaning and disinfectant products and all horizontal surfaces and other surfaces in the room that may have become contaminated must be cleaned and disinfected.
Terminal cleaning of patient rooms should include the following steps: