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Mac's Safety Space: That's me in the corners. . .losing my infection (risks)

Hospital Safety Insider, June 23, 2011

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Not that long ago, I participated in a discussion regarding the terminal cleaning of surgical procedure rooms, particularly the recommended frequency of using wet vacuums and a liberal application of water to ensure appropriate results. As a function of that discussion, it appeared that the organization in question had adopted a weekly frequency for the use of wet vacs, and it also appeared that the OR rooms were noted to have a buildup of materials (you know what they are—no need to get graphic here) in the corners of the rooms. The overarching question was what the TJC survey risk might be given the current practice and conditions.

Now I honestly don’t know why people struggle so much with this, but here goes (and yes, for those of you keeping score, before we finish this conversation, I will invoke the mighty risk assessment).The Joint Commission standards do not specify any particular methodology for the cleaning of operating rooms, primarily (to my way of thinking) because there is far too much variability in the surgical environment for them to “require”  anything more than what they do now: EC.02.06.01, EP 20, which requires that “areas used by patients are clean and free of offensive odors.”

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