Water sanitation hygiene

Practical guidelines for infection control in health care facilities

©World Health Organization 2004

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The guidelines jointly prepared by the WHO Regional Offices for South-East Asia and the Western Pacific have been prepared specifically to assist infection control practitioners in the integrated management of hospital-associated infections prevention and control (for both curative and preventive activities such as good environmental practices like proper administration of health care wastes, water quality control, etc.) and to ensure that health care administrators understand the significance of infection control programmes.

Chapter 4: Environmental management practices

A clean environment plays an important role in the prevention of hospital associated infections (HAI). Many factors, including the design of patient care areas, operating rooms, air quality, water supply and the laundry, can significantly influence the transmission of HAI.