ASHES Offers Practice Guidance on Environmental Cleaning

CHICAGO -- The American Society for Healthcare Environmental Services (ASHES) of the American Hospital Association has developed two new products: “Practice Guidance for Healthcare Environmental Cleaning” and “From Top to Bottom: The Environmental Services Series,” to provide recommended practice guidance for cleaning and disinfecting protocols in healthcare facilities.

“Practice Guidance for Healthcare Environmental Cleaning” prepared by ASHES and reviewed by infection control professionals contains detailed and practical  recommendations for cleaning and surface disinfection of clinical and non-clinical areas of healthcare facilities. Targeted for directors and managers of healthcare environmental services, this manual is designed to be used as a resource for implementing cleaning techniques and protocols based on guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), other government agencies and professional organizations. The publication includes a CD outlining the procedures; facilitating customization for unique healthcare environments. Professionals new to healthcare and those looking to revise policies and procedures manuals should be particularly interested in this publication. To order this publication call 800-242-2626 and ask for item number 057034.

“From Top To Bottom: The Environmental Services Series” is a three-part DVD series offering training solutions to Environmental Services and Infection Prevention & Control Managers challenged with employee turn-over, limited training tools, and language barriers when teaching critical skill sets in environmental cleaning. The DVDs are based on the ASHES publication “Practice Guidance for Healthcare Environmental Cleaning” and are available in both English and Spanish. The production of the DVDs was made possible by an unrestricted educational grant provided by Kimberly-Clark Professional. The DVDs are now available for purchase in a three-part package or individually. To order call 866-321-5066.

Source: American Society for Healthcare Environmental Services (ASHES)