Dr Michael Phillips, hospital epidemiologist at New York University Langone Medical Center tells Infection Control Today about the role of environmental contamination in the transmission of hospital acquired infections.
To respond to this issue, he stresses the importance of "incorporating environmental services into the patient care unit team. ...This type of collaboration enhances problem solving – and reduces infections." He adds that environmental services "are a critical member of the team" and sets out a number of ways that collaboration and communication between infection control specialists and environmental services can be enhanced.
This sounds like common sense.