Adequate disinfection of environmental surfaces, particularly high-touch surfaces, is a cornerstone for infection control and prevention. This becomes even more important during a pandemic such as the one we are all currently experiencing.
It is time for a reality check when it comes to disinfecting environmental surfaces. A huge gap remains between government registration protocols for disinfectants and processing an Emergency Department Trauma Room after a gunshot victim has received life-saving medical treatment. The disinfectant the environmental services technician (EST) uses to clean up blood, bone and human tissue was purchased with input from the Infection Prevention department. Unfortunately, though, many such disinfectants are either ineffective for the purpose and/or used improperly.