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Ensure Patient Protection with a Comprehensive Cleaning Strategy

  • On any given day, about one in 25 hospital patients has at least one healthcare-associated infection (HAI).¹ A significant threat to patient safety, the prevention of HAIs are a key focus of healthcare facility cleaning plans. Across the U.S., healthcare facility managers are tasked with keeping both patients and visitors safe, as well as improving the overall appearance, safety and cleanliness of a building. To address these needs, it’s important to identify cleaning targets, develop a comprehensive cleaning strategy and select effective products and tools to get the job done.

  • Know the Enemy

    It’s no secret that microorganisms can spread through direct contact with surfaces and individuals. But environment also plays a huge role in the development and prevention of HAIs. According to the World Health Organization, research has linked the buildup of dust and debris on surfaces to the development of HAIs.² In fact, dust can contain fungi, viral or bacterial pathogens and transmit infectious diseases.³ Such microorganisms can survive for an extended period of time and travel seamlessly between surfaces – meaning that regular cleaning of healthcare surfaces is crucial to prevent transmission.

  • Make a Plan

    Knowing that the stakes couldn’t be higher, how can healthcare facility managers develop a comprehensive cleaning plan? Start by conducting an audit. Be candid about the problem areas in a facility and determine where improvements can be made. Floor care, dusting and disinfecting are three parts of a cleaning strategy that can help address the risk of infection and should therefore be completed daily. Continue to audit how these tasks are performed on an ongoing basis and highlight both successes and areas of concern.

    Next, consider how to address these pain points with both long-term and immediate solutions. For example, a long-term preventative solution is to install a matting system that helps capture and prevent dirt and debris from entering a facility. A more immediate and ongoing solution is to utilize an effective dusting product such as the

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