The Dirty Truth

Answers to Your Hospital Housekeeping and Janitorial Service Questions.

The Financial Impacts of Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs)

Every health care facility wants to save money. The first place facility management tends to look is where they can cut spending. This includes paper product selection, avoiding unnecessary services or using fewer products. The next step is usually reviewing where they can be more mindful. For example, by reducing waste, controlling product usage and educating team members of their efforts.

 

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What is Environmental Services (EVS) in Health Care?

Many are familiar with the terms "janitorial" and "housekeeping," but not as many are familiar with environmental services (EVS), a term that is used to exclusively describe cleaning performed in health care settings.

 

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How Can Hospitals Stop the Spread of Infectious C. Auris?

When a major infection outbreak occurs at a hospital, it is the responsibility of the environmental services team to take extra precautions when cleaning. Medical cleaning experts know how to disinfect surfaces and kill pretty much anything with the proper EPA-approved disinfectants. But as we are seeing with the current Candida Auris outbreak, routine cleaning might not be enough when it comes to resistant strains.

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Medical Cleaning: What You Need to Know

There are two major functions of cleaning. The first is to make a space look nice. As vain as it may seem, appearances are important, especially when it comes to a business. The second function of cleaning is to obviously clean and sterilize. While a surface may look nice and shiny, it may not be properly disinfected.

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Cleaning Tips To Prevent Hospital-Acquired Infections (HAI)

The healthcare setting is a potential haven for dangerous pathogens that can pose a great risk to patients. Prevention of hospital-acquired infections (HAI) has always been one of the biggest challenges for EVS departments performing medical cleaning. Despite the increased effort, HAI are still responsible for approximately 75,000 deaths per year. HAIs are a significant threat to patient safety. While minimal effort is required to prevent the spread of these dangerous germs, many commercial cleaning services are not taking the required steps to stop HAIs.

 

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