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Environmental Cleanliness Standard

Creator:

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS)

Subject Keywords: ENVIRONMENT, INFECTION CONTROL, PREVENTION
Topic: Chronic Conditions
Type: Standard
Region: Northern Ireland
Description:

There is a system in place which ensures that all HSS Trusts meet the requirements of the Regional Strategy for Improving the Standard of Environmental Cleanliness in HSS Trusts that demonstrates improvement in reducing the risks associated with environmental cleanliness in all HSS Trust facilities. The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) has identified HAI as one of the key areas requiring a strategic approach to prevention and control. The publication of “Cleanliness Matters”: A Regional Strategy for Improvement in Standards of Environmental Cleanliness in HSS Trusts and “Cleanliness Matters Toolkit”: Practical Guidance for the Assessment of Standards of Environmental Cleanliness in HSS Trusts acknowledged the close association between cleanliness and infection prevention and control whilst acknowledging that there are important distinctions to be made. What is common is the service user perspective of the importance that cleaning has in the prevention and control of infection thereby creating and sustaining a caring environment that supports the delivery of high quality health and social care. By ensuring that this is the case, not only are service user and public perceptions of a quality service enhanced, but also the prevention and control of HAI can be improved.

Date:

01/04/2006

Rights: © Crown Copyright
Suggested citation:

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS). (2006) Environmental Cleanliness Standard [Online]. Available from: http://publichealthwell.ie/node/4582 [Accessed: 22nd July 2019].

  

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