The Dirty Truth

Answers to Your Hospital Housekeeping and Janitorial Service Questions.

How Healthcare Providers, Patients, & ES Staff Can Stop CRE

 What are CRE?

CRE stands for carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae. Quite a mouthful right? Carbapenem are last resort antibiotics and Enterobacteriaceae are bacteria normally found in the human gut. If we put those together, we’ve got bacteria that are nearly impossible to treat with anything in our current arsenal of antibiotics. They are also lethal. Some strains have been known to kill up to 50% of those people infected. What is most worrisome to many health professionals, including the Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Tom Friedan, is that this bacteria are becoming increasingly widespread.

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Commercial vs. Medical Cleaning

Recently I was asked about the difference between cleaning an office and a medical facility. There are many!

To best answer this question the first thing we need to establish is what is clean? And the truth is that it depends. “Clean” in an office is different than “clean” in a hospital. “But why?” you say. “Isn’t there a universally applicable standard of clean?” Well... yes and no.

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8 Money-Saving Tips for Your Hospital Housekeeping Department

Hospitals, like everyone else, have taken a hit during the economic downturn. The good news? Here are a few easy ways to save on housekeeping operational costs without sacrificing patient care:

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Certification Requirements for Commercial Green Cleaning Products

Green cleaning - we’ve all heard the term but what does it really mean? What is the process for a product to be certified as "green"? I've wondered about this so I took some time out to do a little research and, boy, was I surprised. What I found is that there are three main players involved in green product certification: Green Seal, the EPA’s Designed for the Environment (DfE) program and the Canadian governments offspring EcoLogo.  All three agencies certify green cleaning products but each goes about it a little differently.

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How to Choose a Linen Service Provider to Meet Your Hospital's Housekeeping Needs

How many of you have been in the situation where you need to go out and select a linen services provider but don’t know where to begin? You might be in this situation because there have been numerous service-related issues with your current provider that have fallen on deaf ears and it’s time to make a change.  Completely changing out your outsourced linen services vendor is a large undertaking. The following are a few things to keep in mind during the selection process:
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