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J U L Y 2 0 1 7 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 7 1 L ast year, our hospital had 81 cases of hospital-acquired Clostridium difficile. We're on pace to have about one- third fewer hospital-acquired infections of all kinds this year, a decrease I attribute to the whole-room disinfec- tion technologies we've added to our manual cleaning. Here's how we approach the manual terminal clean in our ORs. At the end of a day or every 24 hours — whichever comes first — each OR undergoes a top-to-bottom, floor-to-ceiling, edge-to-center termi- nal clean. As opposed to the environmental cleaning we do between cases, which is a 5- to 7-minute process designed to remove accumu- The New Rules of Terminal Cleaning Has your approach to end-of-day OR disinfection evolved with the times? Randy Barnes, CHESP, CHEST Bend, Ore. • HIGH AND LOW A well-executed ter- minal clean is a mostly low-tech enter- prise, but high-tech tools have armed facilities with new weapons to bust those bugs.

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