Making cleaning count with research project

Two women standing in a hospital patient's room
Training and audit coordinator, cleaning services Dawn Smith, with Kristie Popkiss, has been using the novel cleaning bundle throughout FSH.
March 30, 2017

Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH) is participating in a major national research study that provides the opportunity to contribute new evidence about effective hospital cleaning.

The Researching Effective Approaches to Cleaning in Hospitals (REACH) trial intends to:

  • evaluate the effectiveness of the environmental cleaning bundle
  • estimate the cost-effectiveness of adopting the environmental cleaning bundle for Australian hospitals. 

The study involves the use of a novel cleaning bundle to enhance cleaning practices, which comprises of five evidence-based components that emphasise education, support and empowerment of hospital cleaning staff.

This trial is the largest of its kind in Australia, with FSH being the only participating hospital in WA.

Infection Prevention and Clinical Operations Manager Kristie Popkiss said FSH staff were passionate about being involved in the research.

“Healthcare-associated infections are a major cause of avoidable costs, morbidity and deaths among hospital patients. As we work Towards Zero Harm, this is one initiative that can break the chain of infection,” Kristie said.

“We’re committed to quality improvement and research activities with potential benefits for patients, families, and the wider hospital community.

“And for our environmental services staff, participation in the trial will provide an opportunity for additional training and performance activities that promote the development, recognition and empowerment of the cleaning workforce.”

Research findings will be published later in the year. Visit REACH (external site) for more information.