Environmental cleaning and disinfection of patient areas

Int J Infect Dis. 2018 Feb:67:52-57. doi: 10.1016/j.ijid.2017.10.014. Epub 2017 Nov 2.


The healthcare setting is predisposed to harbor potential pathogens, which in turn can pose a great risk to patients. Routine cleaning of the patient environment is critical to reduce the risk of hospital-acquired infections. While many approaches to environmental cleaning exist, manual cleaning supplemented with ongoing assessment and feedback may be the most feasible for healthcare facilities with limited resources.

Keywords: Cleaning; Disinfection; Hospital environment; Infection prevention.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cross Infection / prevention & control
  • Disinfection*
  • Health Facilities*
  • Hospitals
  • Humans