Environmental Services


Q&A: Infection Preventionists Should Head Back to School

September 16, 2020

Kevin Kavanagh, MD: “I think you’ll find that infection preventionists in this type of climate are just not healthcare employed personnel. They need to be everywhere. They need to be in business. They need to be in schools. And, of course, they need to be in our healthcare system. But it is crucial to be in schools…”

When It Comes to COVID-19 Disinfectants: Use With Care

September 14, 2020

Infection preventionists should know that these technologies are available to add to their toolboxes of best cleaning and disinfection practices when they need them, but be aware of the caveats for their use.

Private Industry May Call on Infection Preventionists for Help

September 02, 2020

Anthony Harris, MD, MBA, MPH: “Really now it’s all about testing. How do we test? What scale do we test with? And, you know, what are the steps toward getting that access to the testing levels that we need necessary to mitigate risk?”

Beautiful Friendship: How IPs, EVS Work Best Together

August 25, 2020

Sharon Ward-Fore, MS, MT(ASCP), CIC: “Although EVS is in charge of the cleaning process infection preventionists work carefully with them to make sure the process is followed by auditing it frequently. And both sides provide feedback to each other just to make sure everything follows best practices.”

Cleaning COVID-Tainted Hospital Rooms: Proceed With Contact Precaution

August 11, 2020

Investigators found SARS-CoV-2 "on various hospital objects, and these surfaces can be sources of nosocomial transmission via direct contact. Therefore, our findings provide an important basis for justification of strict contact precaution.”

Q&A: Healthcare Slow to Use Ultraviolet Light to Disinfect

August 05, 2020

Mark Beeston: “Infection preventionists are a key component and a key gatekeeper in UVC technology and where it goes. Their recommendations are key and as clinical nurse leaders may be looking at providing additional tools, they want to consult with their infection prevention team.”

Q&A: Bridge Gap Between Infection Preventionists and EVS Teams

July 16, 2020

Charles Gerba, PhD: “I really think that in the future, what you really need is a specialist in infection control who understands both the environmental health services and also the professional staff that deals with the patients.”