Time to Clean: Estimated time spent by healthcare workers on decontamination of communal reusable patient care equipment

Publication Date: 29 March 2019

​In 2016 we undertook a project to gather evidence regarding time to clean communal reusable patient care equipment within the healthcare environment. The aim of the study was to develop an evidence base for cleaning times on a national level and conclude with recommendations for improving hospital cleanliness through the modification of existing cleaning times. 

The data collected during the study was limited and as a consequence conclusions or recommendations could not be made for practice within NHSScotland. The Scottish Government requested additional data be collected to provide the evidence required to inform NHSScotland workforce planning.

This study aims to update the previous Time to Clean study and develop an evidence base for cleaning times on a national level and develop recommendations for improving hospital cleanliness through the modification of existing cleaning times.​

Resource information

Publisher:
Health Protection Scotland
Publication type:
Report