Canada's Largest Labor Union Takes Science-based Stand on HAIs

CIRI Staff

According to the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Canada’s largest union:


"Cleaning, laundry, and other support services are a vital element of infection prevention and control strategies. Pathogens such as C. difficile, VRE, MRSA, Norovirus, influenza, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) associated coronavirus can survive in the healthcare environment for extended periods of time, even months. In fact, these infections are inherently well adapted to survive in dust and on floors, bedrails, telephones, call buttons, curtains and other surfaces. Washing hands is important, but if bacteria and viruses are not eliminated from the environment, hands will quickly become contaminated again.

"Breaking the chain of infection requires well-resourced, well-trained, and stable in-house healthcare teams attacking all of the links of transmission; sufficient beds, equipment and staff to achieve best practice occupancy rates; modern high-quality infrastructure and equipment, and; standardized procedures, monitoring and public reporting."


Read: Breaking the chain of infection: the role of cleaning


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About CUPE


The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is Canada’s largest union. With approximately 590,000 members across Canada, CUPE represents workers in health care, education, municipalities, libraries, universities, social services, public utilities, transportation, emergency services and airlines.


Canada's Largest Labor Union Takes Science-based Stand on HAIs:  Created on March 24th, 2009.  Last Modified on March 24th, 2009


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