Report on National Time to Clean a Bedspace Study

Publication Date: 29 May 2015

In 2012 Health Protection Scotland (HPS) held a series of Senior Charge Nurse Focus Groups to look at barriers to compliance with equipment decontamination in NHS Boards. An action following this was that HPS agreed to review the time required to carry out a bedspace standard discharge clean.

A literature search was performed with no relevant papers identified that could be applied. As a result, following agreement with an Expert Decontamination Steering Group and HPS it was agreed that a study would be undertaken to ascertain the time taken in NHSScotland to carry out a bedspace standard discharge clean measured against an agreed bedspace checklist (see Appendix 1).

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