Healthcare Cleaning Forum

The importance of hygiene and disinfection in hospitals and healthcare facilities Healthcare-associated infections are responsible for millions of deaths every year and affect hundreds of millions of patients. Preventing these infections in the first place means that fewer people get sick, and fewer antibiotics are prescribed. Fewer antibiotics mean less pressure on bacteria to become resistant, which is very important, as we are in the age of widespread antibiotic resistance. Hand hygiene and IPC measures are important tools for combatting healthcare-associated infections, but not the only ones. The healthcare environment can also be a major contributor to the spread of such infections. It is crucial to focus our energy on this neglected topic in infection prevention.

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Keynote by Professor Didier Pittet, Professor of Medicine and Hospital Epidemiology, Geneva University Hospitals. 

Healthcare Environmental Hygiene: Current knowledge, the challenge of COVID-19 and the Clean Hospitals®️ model. This session will address: 

  • Recent experiences in Europe on controlling SARS CoV-2 in the healthcare environment and preventing nosocomial spread.  
  • Scientific insights regarding surface disinfection, and the issue with aerosolization. 
  • The need for transdisciplinary and multi-stakeholder models and approaches to crises. 


Didier Pittet

Keynote by Dr. Martin Kiernan, former president of UK Infection Prevention Society, Clinical Director of Gama Healthcare

Professionals, environmental service workers and patients: A critical partnership for enhanced hospital hygiene  

  • Review the function of healthcare professionals in hospital hygiene
  • Highlight the critical part that environmental service workers play in patient safety
  • Examine the actual and potential roles for patients in improving hospital hygiene
  • Discuss how all three groups can work together to improve hygiene and patient safety
Martin Kiernan