Safe management of the care environment

The care environment must be:

  • visibly clean, free from non-essential items and equipment to facilitate effective cleaning
  • well maintained, in a good state of repair and with adequate ventilation for the clinical

Routine cleaning

  • The environment should be routinely cleaned in accordance with the National Cleaning Standards.
  • Use of detergent wipes are acceptable for cleaning surfaces/frequently touched sites within the care
  • A fresh solution of general-purpose neutral detergent in warm water is recommended for routine cleaning. This should be changed when dirty or when changing
  • Routine disinfection of the environment is not recommended however, 1,000ppm available chlorine should be used routinely on sanitary
  • Staff groups should be aware of their environmental cleaning schedules for their area and clear on their specific
  • Cleaning protocols should include responsibility for, frequency of, and method of environmental

Further information can be found in the safe management of the care environment literature review.

Manual contents

Introduction
Chapter 1: Standard infection control precautions (SICPs)

Chapter 2: Transmission based precautions (TBPs)

Appendices

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