Working within a healthcare facility has its challenges. As a healthcare professional, you know that one of your major duties is cleaning dirty rooms and disinfecting surfaces. Since all surfaces carry the risk of harboring dangerous microorganisms, it's crucial to supply your staff members with high-quality disinfectant wipes.
With their ability to help prevent infection and keep diseases from spreading across patients or between rooms, disinfectant wipes are a great tool for decreasing cross contamination clean until the environmental services staff can fully disinfect the building. Learn more about the many benefits of using hospital disinfecting wipes with information from the experts at ServiceMaster Clean®.
The Benefits of Hospital Disinfectant Wipes
While these wipes shouldn't be a total replacement of a full professional cleaning, they're great for quickly picking up minor messes or spills around the facility, disinfecting nurse's working stations and medical equipment after each use. Disposable wipes are ideal for easy use on high-touch surfaces in dental offices, chiropractic practices, waiting rooms and general patient areas.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hospital disinfecting wipes must be used for the appropriate contact time to ensure that they successfully kill specific germs and bacteria. Check the label on your wipes to determine the appropriate amount of time the surface must stay wet to kill germs. With the appropriate contact time, these wipes are effective for:
When Hospital Disinfectant Wipes Aren't Enough
While cleaning wipes are great for a number of uses and help prevent infection in your facility, you shouldn't rely on them to sanitize or disinfect the entire building. Get to know the difference between cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting so you can choose the proper treatment for each area within your facility. In critical areas with high risk of transmitting infection, quaternary or sporicidal disinfectants are more effective and should be used over hospital-grade wipes.
Areas requiring high-level sporicidal disinfectants include but are not limited to:
Hospital disinfectant wipes help keep infections under control and reduce the risk of cross contamination throughout the day. However, the best way to ensure your healthcare facility's cleaning program meets industry standards and protects your staff and patients is to partner with experienced professionals.
If you'd like to partner with an environmental service team with years of industry experience, contact the experts in environmental services for healthcare environments at ServiceMaster Clean. Our patient-centered program focuses on specific cleaning needs for healthcare facilities, like infection control and prevention, patient environment improvement, risk reduction and more. Ask us how we can help your healthcare facility meet industry standards today.