ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE ACTION PLAN
The focus of this concise self-paced presentation is prevention of drug resistant infections by the application of hygienic cleaning techniques is. The essential elements of a hygienic cleaning action plan were distilled from the January 2008 Environmental and Professional Hygiene Policy Forum convened on the Fairfax Virginia campus of George Mason University. The project is a collaboration of the International Society of Microbial Resistance or ISMR---and, George Mason University's Center for the Study of International Medical Policies and Practices. The policy forum brought together international experts to sharply delineate environmental and personal hygiene policies and practices that demonstrate great promise in diminishing the scale of drug resistant infections---the central focus was on reducing infections transmitted by contact with environmental surfaces and other persons. The Forum objective was to marshal the evidence and outline the critical elements of an action plan for developing environmental and professional hygiene stewardship practices. The action plan elements summarized here are based upon the expert presentations and stakeholder discussions. To keep this presentation concise, the full body of evidence underpinning these elements is referenced in the separate and companion “white paper” also available on the ISMR Web Site.