Cleaning and Disinfection Trust Guideline Version 5
A clean hospital environment is paramount to all staff and patients. Whilst this is important from an aesthetic perspective it is also of significance with regard to the minimisation of risks including the incidence of healthcare associated infection. There are many factors that influence the overall impression presented by the organisation in addition to those of cleanliness and maintenance. The Trust therefore recognises its responsibilities to wider environmental issues.
Maintenance is also essential to ensure a safe and aesthetically pleasing environment and it is recognised that as buildings and equipment age they often become more difficult to keep clean. This will be achieved by the on-going application review and evaluation of the Trust's Strategic and Operational Cleaning Plans. It is stressed however that all employees have a responsibility for caring for this environment.
The Trust aims to:
- provide direction in maintaining and improving cleanliness standards across all hospital sites and premises ensuring a clean comfortable and safe environment for patients clients visitors staff and members of the general public.
- Increase patient confidence in environmental hygiene and the organisational commitment to reduce the incidence of healthcare associated infection.
- Meet the national standards of cleanliness.
Clinical GuidelinesThis guideline has been approved by the Trust's Clinical Guidelines Assessment Panel as an aid to the diagnosis and management of relevant patients and clinical circumstances. Not every patient or situation fits neatly into a standard guideline scenario and the guideline must be interpreted and applied in practice in the light of prevailing clinical circumstances, the diagnostic and treatment options available and the professional judgement, knowledge and expertise of relevant clinicians. It is advised that the rationale for any departure from relevant guidance should be documented in the patient's case notes.
The Trust's guidelines are made publicly available as part of the collective endeavour to continuously improve the quality of healthcare through sharing medical experience and knowledge. The Trust accepts no responsibility for any misunderstanding or misapplication of this document.