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This conference presentation was originally published as:

Mitchell, B. G., Wilson, F., & Wells, A. (2013, October 1-2). Development and trial of an environmental cleaning assessment program. Paper presented at the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control Conferenc, Gold Coast, Australia.


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Background: The Tasmanian Infection Prevention and Control Unit (TIPCU) reviewed methods of evaluating environmental cleanliness in healthcare in July 2012. At a subsequent State wide multidisciplinary forum, there was consensus for the TIPCU to develop a standardised method of assessing environmental cleanliness within Tasmanian healthcare using a combination of both visual and ultraviolet (UV) gel applicator assessments.

Methods: The TIPCU developed a protocol outlining methodology for performing both visual and UV gel cleanliness assessments. An on-line tool was used to develop secure web based data collection and reporting. We developed a training program which could be used for face to face or web based education and provided training of key personnel across the Tasmanian Health Organisations (THOs) in the use of the environmental cleaning assessment tools and accompanying data collection and reporting tools. The sites were provided with IPads for data entry, UV sensitive gel and UV lights for a 6 week trial and consultation period. We sought feedback from participants via an on-line survey.

Results: A trial period to test the programs functionality was held in the four Tasmanian larger acute public hospitals during April and May 2013. Over 80% of respondents were positive about the protocol, on-line tools and training. On qualitative feedback, the major themes that emerged were around the number of UV gel sites and the limitations in using the UV gel in some specialist areas. We have addressed each of these in the revised protocol.

Conclusion: The consultation phase of this project highlighted a number of modifications that were required in the protocol and on-line tools and was an important phase that allowed us to evaluate aspects of the program prior to finalisation of the protocol and tools.


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