It is not just important for facilities to appear clean in a healthcare environment, it is imperative that the proper disinfecting has occurred and that patient care areas are free from dust and soil. Cross contamination and healthcare acquired infections are a big risks in the healthcare environment which are typically not relevant in other commercial cleaning settings.
Selecting Healthcare Cleaning Staff
Selecting staff for healthcare cleaning contracts requires more thorough screening and detailed training. Below are few key points that must be emphasized when training service partners for situations related to the healthcare environment:
Understanding the proper PPE required
Daily disinfecting of exam tables, sinks, and all high touch surfaces.
Preparedness and procedure in the case one discovers an exposed needle.
Understanding the full scope of terminal level cleaning in sterile rooms or ORs.
HIPPA compliance in situations where patient records are left in plain view.
OSHA regulated storage.
Joint Commission standards
Selecting products to be used for Healthcare Cleaning
Hospital grade sanitizing agents that are EPA approved are the only products to be used. Because harmful bacteria can not always be seen by the naked eye, it is a good idea to periodically test surfaces with ATP monitoring technology to ensure levels are within an acceptable range and validate the effectiveness of disinfectants.
ServiceMaster Clean: The Healthcare Cleaning Experts
There's a great advantage to being a ServiceMaster Clean franchise, we invented outsourced cleaning for healthcare over 50 years ago and continue to innovate, providing an unsurpassed value and quality in the marketplace. Please request a healthcare cleaning estimate for more information about how we can help your healthcare facility stay clean and more importantly, safe.