Patient and environmental service employee satisfaction of using germicidal bleach wipes for patient room cleaning

Kimberly C. Aronhalt, James McManus, Robert Orenstein, Rebecca Faller, Mary Link

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More healthcare institutions are using bleach products which are sporicidal to reduce Clostridium difficile infection (CDI). There may be patient and employee concerns about the appearance of bleach residue left on surfaces, odors, and respiratory tract irritation. The intervention used bleach wipes for daily and terminal patient room cleaning to reduce transmission of CDI and was implemented on patient care units with a relatively high incidence of CDI. Both patients and Environmental Services (ES) staff were surveyed to assess their satisfaction of the bleach wipe product used during room cleaning. Patients (n = 94) (91%) continued to be very satisfied with how well their rooms were cleaned every day. Bleach wipes were well tolerated by patients (n = 44) (100%) surveyed on the medical units and less tolerated by patients (n = 50) (22%) on the hematology-oncology units. ES staff (6) reported less satisfaction and more respiratory irritation from using the bleach wipes; however, later their satisfaction improved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)30-36
Number of pages7
JournalJournal for healthcare quality : official publication of the National Association for Healthcare Quality
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes



  • bleach
  • C. difficile
  • employee satisfaction
  • environmental services
  • housekeeping
  • patient satisfaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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