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Keeping Hospitals Clean During COVID-19

Keeping Your Hospitals Clean, Disinfected, and Protected During COVID-19

Cleanliness is always of the utmost importance when it comes to hospitals and other healthcare facilities. Hospital-acquired infections (also known as healthcare-associated infections, or HAI) are a very real danger. However, clean and sanitary facilities can cut down the risk of them considerably. During the coronavirus pandemic, though, this goal has taken on an even greater significance. Some experts from the University of North Carolina detailed some strategies that hospitals and other healthcare facilities are implementing to combat the spread of COVID-19.

An Effective Disinfectant at an Increased Frequency

Emily Sickbert-Bennett, PhD, director of UNC Medical Center Infection Prevention, says that COVID-19 “is actually one of the easiest pathogens to eliminate with disinfection”. It’s important, though, that janitorial staffs are using a hospital and EPA-approved disinfectant. Furthermore, these staffs are cleaning more often than they were prior to the pandemic. For example, UNC Health’s Environmental Services team is disinfecting areas like the emergency department, lobbies, waiting rooms, restrooms, and hallways every two hours. In addition to the usual sweeping and mopping, they’re also paying special attention to high-touch areas like countertops and chairs.

Isolating Patients

Hospitals and other healthcare facilities take steps to separate COVID-19-positive patients from other patients. This helps to reduce the spread of the virus. Dr. Sickbert-Bennett speaks of screening processes integrated with electronic medical record systems. These measures can alert staff and keep track of patients with COVID. Hospitals are also taking extra steps to separate patients in the emergency room.

Transporting Patients

Patients in hospitals often need to be moved from one area of the facility to another. Accordingly, healthcare facilities are implementing extra steps to ensure their safety. For example, after taking a patient from a testing lab to their room, UNC Health staff returns the stretchers or wheelchairs to a new cleaning station in their equipment storage area where they get a thorough disinfection.

While these steps were designed to reduce the spread of coronavirus, many are bound to become the new norm as hospitals learn to provide a safer environment more efficiently.

Best Cleaning Practices for Your Healthcare Facilities

Streamlining and Improving Healthcare Facility Cleaning Plans

Cleaning and disinfecting have always had a special significance in the healthcare industry. Facilities need to be doing all they can to ensure the safety of patients and staff alike. Cleaning programs should always be evaluated to make sure teams are delivering the safest possible environment in the most efficient manner. Bioesque Solutions was founded on the principle that there is a better, safer way to clean, and with this in mind, here are a few tips to streamline and improve your healthcare facility cleaning program.

Move Toward Sustainability

As more companies begin to realize their benefits, sustainable practices have become the norm for all types of businesses, including healthcare facilities. LED lights, water-saving plumbing fixtures, and buying locally are all practices that can both reduce a hospital’s carbon footprint and lower costs. Switching to green cleaning products, free from hazardous chemicals, can also improve the overall health of a facility without sacrificing effectiveness.

Monitor Air Quality

Air contaminants can cause and exacerbate health problems. particularly in patients with respiratory issues. In addition to replacing harsh chemicals with green solutions, ventilation systems should be cleaned, and filters replaced often. This will improve the air quality of your facility.

Maintain a Clean Image and Improve Patient Experience

The Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey is an excellent tool to give administrators and cleaning teams a new perspective on their facility. It’s a means to bring attention to areas that may be overlooked due to familiarity.

Bioesque Solutions offers a full range of botanically-derived products to handle a wide variety of healthcare facility needs. Our Botanical Disinfectant Solution, Carpet Cleaner, Odor Neutralizer, and Stainless Steel Cleaner and Polish are just a few effective ways to move toward a safer, cleaner, and greener healthcare facility.

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