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TJC: Use CDC guide on ACHs to set time before room cleaning

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September 24, 2020

by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com)

Be prepared to provide emergency department managers and environmental services crews with information about air exchanges, even in rooms not designated for infection control.

The information needed will depend on what happened with the patient, who was wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), and who is expected to do the room cleaning.

In a July 30 question-and-answer webinar held by The Joint Commission (TJC), officials walked through what hospitals needed to know to determine how long to leave a non–negative pressure emergency room closed before it could be safely cleaned.

Be prepared to provide emergency department managers and environmental services crews with information about air exchanges, even in rooms not designated for infection control.



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