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The Role of Environmental Cleaning in Health Care-Associated Infections

Kleypas, Yvonne RN, MSN; McCubbin, Dennis; Curnow, Elizabeth S. MPH, MED, CIC

doi: 10.1097/CNQ.0b013e31820480d3
Infection Prevention and Critical Care: Original Article

Multidrug-resistant organisms such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and toxin-producing organisms such as Clostridium difficile have been a concern for over 30 years. An increasing focus is being placed on the role that an unclean environment can play in transmission. This article describes the pathogens of concern and the use of a robust environmental cleaning program to help reduce the chances for hospital-acquired infections.

St Luke's Baptist Hospital (Ms Kleypas), and Environmental Services, Baptist Medical Center (Mr McCubbin), and Infection Prevention (Ms Curnow), Baptist Health System, San Antonio, Texas.

Correspondence: Yvonne Kleypas, RN, MSN, 7930 Floyd Curl Dr, San Antonio, TX 78229 (

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.