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Bagging of used articles from an isolation/precaution room is intended to prevent inadvertent exposure of personnel to articles contaminated with infective material and prevent contamination of the environment.
Terminal cleaning of the patient room is to occur when a patient with VRE is discharged.
Certain epidemiologic aspects of environmental transmission should be kept in mind by personnel involved with terminal cleaning. Under the circumstances noted above, there are infection control issues related to the environment. Although micro-organisms may be present on walls, and floors in rooms used for patients on isolation/precautions, these environmental surfaces, unless visibly contaminated, are rarely associated with transmission of infections to others.
Washing of walls, blinds, and curtains should be washed. Clean rod if there is one. Cubicle curtains should be changed.
In contrast, micro-organisms on contaminated patient-care equipment are frequently associated with transmission of infections to other patients when such equipment is not appropriately decontaminated and reprocessed. Therefore, terminal cleaning should primarily be directed toward those items that have been in direct contact with the patient or in contact with the patient's infective material (excretions, secretions, blood or body fluids).
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