How the Environment Impacts Patient Safety

Today, on CDC’s Safe Healthcare Blog, Dr. Hudson Garrett, industry liaison and board member for the Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE), discusses critical issues around environmental infection control in our nation’s healthcare settings. Now more than ever, environmental service professionals play an increasingly integral role in maintaining a safe environment for patients, patients’ families and healthcare workers.

Healthcare professionals have always relied on the ability to have effective reprocessing and clean surfaces in the environment of care; unfortunately, today this a growing challenge as we are faced with organisms that are difficult to kill and impossible to treat. This makes environmental cleaning more and more important for the safety of patients.

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