Reply To: Environmental Cleanliness

  • Jennifer Nordin

    February 7, 2020 at 9:07 am

    We had a field created in Cerner when we were running reports, but now it is supposed to be performed per our infection control policy. We just speak to our process as an extension of that.

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    ​Hi Everyone!

    I’m curious how other institutions document that they have completed wiping down their high touch surfaces. We currently document on paper charts left in the patients room, however compliance with this has been poor.

    I would like to have this be in the EMR as all other portions of the environmental cleanliness initiative (minus housekeeping) are already documented there, but I’m receiving some push back from our developers. The EMR developers are concerned that if a patient were to get an infection while hospitalized and there is insufficient charting that it could negatively impact the institution.

    I’m hoping that I can get info from some other institutions to support what we are requesting.

    Thank you for sharing your experience!

    Amber Reiten RN, BSN
    Nurse Care Coordinator
    Pediatric Oncology
    University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital
    Iowa City, IA