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Assess your EVS program before surveyors show up looking for infection control problems

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November 1, 2020

by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com)

Assess your environmental cleaning protocols, ensure staff are trained properly, and verify the effectiveness of both as CMS increases scrutiny of infection prevention and control during the coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier this year CMS cited hospitals for not following their own policies and failing to ensure environmental services (EVS) personnel followed standard procedures for infection control during cleaning, including instances of cross-contamination of surfaces.

In one example, a hospital was cited under Condition of Participation (CoP) §482.42: Infection Prevention and Control and Antibiotic Stewardship Programs, which according to CMS’ State Operations Manual (SOM), Appendix A, states:

Assess your environmental cleaning protocols, ensure staff are trained properly, and verify the effectiveness of both as CMS increases scrutiny of infection prevention and control during the coronavirus pandemic.



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