What most people do not understand about the environment is that there is an entire world of unseen microbes hiding on all surfaces. Bacteria, viruses, fungi and other microbial life can exist, at least for some time, on almost any surface known to humankind. Likewise, many of us do not realize that “clean does not necessarily mean microbial clean.”
Up until the Fall of 2014, I was a very healthy 55-year-old with an exceptional life. Because I had never been hospitalized before, I wasn’t even aware of the dangers of healthcare-acquired infections…yet. This is my story and you should know it can happen to anyone, even those that are healthy.
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There is no shortage of regulations, requirements, consensus standards, and protocols for processes and procedures in healthcare. Relative to healthcare surfaces and their impact on infections and illness however, there is a great deal of fragmentation both within and across oversight and standards setting groups.
Now is the time for change toward infection prevention and control and preventing healthcare-associated infections. The only way to find sustainable solutions is to bring together professional disciplines hailing from a variety of settings.
The fact that environmental surfaces play a crucial role in the spread of microbes that cause deadly infection is realized. The question is, now what? How do you evaluate the surfaces issues holistically and scientifically to find solutions, and address the many aspects of the problem?
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