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Clean Hospitals: Healthcare Environmental Hygiene and Patient Safety

Edited by:
Prof. Dr. Didier Pittet: Professor of medicine (hon), Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva, Switzerland; Chair, Clean Hospitals
Dr. Alexandra Peters: Scientific Lead for Clean Hospitals; University of Geneva, Switzerland

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 31 January 2024 


                     

Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Control invites participating authors to submit to our collection on 'Clean Hospitals: Healthcare Environmental Hygiene and Patient Safety.'

Healthcare-associated infections are a struggle for every healthcare facility in the world and are responsible for killing more people each year than malaria, AIDS, and tuberculosis combined. 

About the collection

Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection control invites  participating authors to submit to our Collection on 'Clean Hospitals: Healthcare Environmental Hygiene and Patient Safety.' 

Although the healthcare environment tends to be one of the most understudied and underfunded areas in infection prevention and control, there is a rapidly growing body of evidence that demonstrates that a well-maintained patient environment is important for preventing healthcare-associated infections. These infections are a struggle for every healthcare facility in the world and are responsible for killing more people each year than malaria, AIDS, and tuberculosis combined.

The scope of healthcare environmental hygiene (HEH) includes surface cleaning and disinfection, air control, water control, sterilization and device reprocessing, waste management and laundry. Improvements in HEH improve patient safety by lowering rates of healthcare-associated infections, reducing antimicrobial resistance, and protecting healthcare staff, communities and the larger natural environment.

Though sometimes difficult to measure, few types of interventions have as significant of a cost-saving effect as those that prevent infections. Healthcare facilities must be provided the tools to be able to assess the value of investing in HEH programs and staff, and have the necessary knowledge and resources to implement best practices in environmental hygiene. 

Image credit: © Clean Hospitals 

  1. The importance of environmental contamination in the transmission of pathogens among hospitalized patients is universally recognized, and disinfection of surfaces is a widely accepted modality for reducing hea...

    Authors: Roberto Bruno Maria Marano, Diana Merezhko, Keren Anat Resnick, Jacob Moran-Gilad and Yonatan Oster
    Citation: Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Control 2023 12:133
  2. Biofilms are ubiquitous in healthcare settings. By nature, biofilms are less susceptible to antimicrobials and are associated with healthcare-associated infections (HAI). Resistance of biofilm to antimicrobial...

    Authors: Jean-Yves Maillard and Isabella Centeleghe
    Citation: Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Control 2023 12:95
  3. As today’s most prevalent and costly healthcare-associated infection, hospital-onset Clostridioides difficile infection (HO-CDI) represents a major threat to patient safety world-wide. This review will discuss ho...

    Authors: Philip C. Carling, Michael F. Parry and Russell Olmstead
    Citation: Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Control 2023 12:94
  4. The importance of hospital cleaning for controlling healthcare-associated infection (HAI) has taken years to acknowledge. This is mainly because the removal of dirt is inextricably entwined with gender and soc...

    Authors: Stephanie J. Dancer
    Citation: Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Control 2023 12:80

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This Collection invites participating authors to submit Research Articles, Data Notes, Case Reports, Study Protocols, and Database Articles. Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have read our submission guidelines. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Snapp. During the submission process you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select "Clean Hospitals: Healthcare Environmental Hygiene and Patient Safety" from the dropdown menu.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Guest Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer review process. The peer review of any submissions for which the Guest Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.