Everyone is at risk of acquiring an infection; it’s just our degree of susceptibility that varies. For this reason, cleaning and disinfection practices have to reflect this degree of risk. Healthcare facilities in particular are among the most at-risk environments where infections are likely to spread.
Disinfection programs must be adapted for individuals who have a higher risk of developing complications as a result of an infection. These at-risk individuals are usually seniors, people with weakened immune systems, children and newborns.
Because healthcare settings have a high concentration of sick people, they pose a higher risk of infection transmission. And while we always consider the danger this presents to patients, other groups also have to be protected. Having a disinfection program that focuses on the appropriate frequency and effectiveness is especially important.
Those who work in healthcare facilities, such as maintenance staff, must be protected by suitable disinfection programs. It’s important that they also practice proper hygiene for their place of work, such as frequently washing their hands. Visitors must also follow these hygiene rules, and should fully understand and follow isolation procedures so that they themselves do not spread antibiotic-resistant organisms and respiratory diseases.