Role of Hospital Housekeeping and Materials Management Including Disinfection and Waste Management

  • Purva Mathur


Pathogens are shed on hospital surfaces and aerosolized continuously in all patient care areas. Hospital surfaces thus constitute a major reservoir of potentially pathogenic and resistant organisms. Proper and regular cleaning of housekeeping (non-critical) surfaces reduces this reservoir and also provides an aesthetically pleasing environment. Cleaning of health-care facilities is performed for medical and sociocultural reasons. Maintaining an environment with a low microbial burden is required to avoid complications during the care and recovery of patients. Moreover, a healthy, safe, and aesthetically pleasing environment in a health-care facility with clean surfaces is comforting to patients, their families, and visitors by giving an impression of good quality care without additional health hazards. Clean surroundings are also soothing for the health-care workers. The cleaning procedures should be such that they reduce aerosolization and the bio-burden of pathogens from hospital surfaces. The cleaning products should be safe, environment-friendly, and effective to reduce the pathogenic contamination of hospital surfaces. Thus, health-care settings require intensive and frequent cleaning with a wide range of products.


Personal Protective Equipment Hospital Waste Frequent Cleaning Infectious Waste Chemical Disinfection 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Laboratory MedicineJPNA Trauma Centre, AIIMSNew DelhiIndia

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