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Green Cleaning in Health Care: Current Practices and Questions for Future Research Study

The Health Care Research Collaborative, working closely with Practice Greenhealth and Health Care Without Harm, publishes a series of white papers that explore existing research and identify research gaps in a number of areas of health care safety. Recently, we identified a need for studies to determine the impact of green cleaning program on health outcomes in patients and staff, and for additional studies to determine the impact of green cleaners on environmental cleanliness and hospital-acquired infection transmission. The report, Green Cleaning in Healthcare: Current Practices and Questions for Future Research, noted that studies need to address a number of topics to help health care facilities choose an effective green cleaning program.

The report shows many hospitals don't have the research available to determine the best and most effective cleaners for their health care setting. They also need information about green alternative cleaners – such as their impact on staff illness and reaction to the cleaners.

The report shows the selection of cleaning products that contain or use less harsh chemicals is the most commonly adopted method. Read the report at http://www.noharm.org/us_canada/reports/researchcollaborative.php.

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