In a survey of five Cleveland area hospitals, patient room floors were found to be contaminated with various pathogens, according to a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control. The concern is not so much for the health of one's shoes, as for the high-touch objects often found in contact with the floors, such as call buttons and blood pressure cuffs.
We clean a good many health care facilities as part of our commercial janitorial service. I find myself more than a bit surprised at the lack of knowledge exhibited by healthcare facility managers regarding what they need, and what they have, regarding sanitation and/or disinfection.
Visited a string of surgical facilities several weeks ago; the specs they provided included "wipe down walls and ceilings of procedure rooms with disinfectant" (in addition to floors), or words to that effect. Not "disinfect", but "wipe down with disinfectant". I asked if the intention was to disinfect, given that most disinfectants require ten minutes dwell time, wet, on the given surface; solution applied on walls and ceilings will run off, and the residue quickly air dry, in perhaps a minute or so, contingent on temperature and humidity. So to achieve ten minutes dwell time, and thus to disinfect, I'd have to swab the surface ongoing, ten times or more. This would impact, just a bit, our time on site, and thus our price. So, does the client want us to just wipe down once, and only imply, falsely, that we're disinfecting? Or really disinfect?
The client had no idea, and didn't much care.