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In this free guide, you’ll discover the importance of an effective infection prevention and control program. You’ll learn basic concepts related to cleaning and disinfection, the three levels of disinfection, disinfection approach per Spaulding Classifications, four simple steps to better infection prevention and control, factors to consider when selecting a disinfectant, top disinfection myths, understanding disinfectant product labels, a review of disinfectant safety data sheets (SDS), understanding electrostatic disinfectant sprayers, and auditing cleaning effectiveness.

Cleaning and disinfection of environments is an important aspect to reduce pathogen transmission and improve overall safety and healthiness.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), infection prevention and control (IPC) is a scientific approach and practical solution designed to prevent harm caused by infection to patients and health workers. It is a subset of epidemiology and serves an essential function in infectious disease, social sciences, and global health.

The Purpose of Infection Prevention and Control

The purpose of IPC is to identify and reduce the risk of infections among people. IPC is required to prevent the transmission of communicable diseases.

An effective IPC program is an integral part of the CDC One Health Initiative, an approach that recognizes that the health of people is closely connected to the health of people, animals, and the environment.

Infectious disease outbreaks are costly and have devastating short and long-term effects. An IPC plan provides an established mechanism to protect against outbreaks and disease transmission. Developing and implementing an effective IPC program requires a committed team trained to execute a clear, precise, IPC plan, with each member having assigned areas of accountability.

Environment Surfaces

Environmental surfaces play an important role in the transmission of pathogenic microorganisms, as many of the pathogens can survive on these surfaces for prolonged periods of time. Cleaning and disinfection of environmental surfaces play a vital role in any facility’s IPC program. Choosing the right disinfectant can both ensure the overall success of an IPC program and have a dramatic impact on facility maintenance costs and employee health.

Another fact to be aware of is that once these pathogens have contaminated environmental surfaces, fixtures, furniture and equipment, they can survive for very long periods of time in the absence of effective cleaning and disinfection processes.

Infection prevention and control is one of the first topics introduced in nursing programs, yet its main tenets are often lost or forgotten. Even in healthcare facilities where IPC is considered of primary importance, most do not reliably clean their environments. 

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