Towards cleaner hospitals and lower rates of infection: A summary of action.
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The report is a summary only and based on work already underway (appendix 1 of the report) It will be followed by further guidance on each of the areas highlighted, and is therefore is rather short on detail
Based on the premise that cleanliness contributes to infection control, but preventing infection requires more than simple cleanliness. This is an important message as the scientific evidence that the environment is an important contributor to infection rates is not always clear.
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