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Reducing Cross-Contamination in Your Healthcare Facility

Preventing cross-contamination in healthcare facilities in Little Rock, AR

Posted by ServiceMaster | March 1st, 2018 | Categories : Healthcare Cleaning

Preventing the spread of infection and disease between patients and staff in a healthcare facility is crucial. At ServiceMaster Twin Cities, we understand that healthcare and medical offices in the greater Little Rock, AR area have much higher standards of clean and must follow specific protocols to ensure the prevention of cross-contamination. Taking the proper steps to stop or reduce the spread of bacteria and other pathogens can protect your patients with compromised immune systems as well as others in the vicinity. Did you know that a study in 2011 found that one 1 out of every 25 patients contracted an illness or infection as a result of their stay in a hospital? This can often be attributed to poor cleaning techniques or negligent cleaning standards.

Using the Right Products

Cleaning products have different grades and strengths. Your cleaning staff should know the difference between cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting. These three degrees of clean matter! Cleaning is generally wiping down surfaces with an all-purpose or an antibacterial cleaning solution. Cleaning wipes away grime and dirt but does not necessarily kill all types of bacteria. Sanitizing goes a step forward and contains chemicals that kill 99.999% of bacteria and pathogens within 30 seconds of contact. They cannot eliminate all viruses, however. Disinfection requires a much stronger decontamination solution, pasteurization, or ultraviolet light. Among disinfectant cleaning solutions, there is low-level disinfectant, high-level disinfectant, and hospital-grade disinfectant. Knowing which type of cleaning or chemical solution or product for the specific job at hand is imperative to prevent the spread of infection in healthcare facilities.

Following the Right Routine

Cleaning should always be on a routine schedule. Regularly cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting high traffic or high touch areas will help control viruses before they have a chance to get from one room to another. Minimizing the risk of cross-contamination is all about ensuring all staff are trained on basic cleaning protocols for high-risk areas including:

  • Doorknobs
  • Telephones
  • Writing utensils
  • Bed rails and bedside tables
  • Bathroom faucets
  • Toilet seats and flush handles
  • Elevator buttons
  • Hand sanitizer stations

On top of regularly cleaning items or surfaces that get touched often, all staff should also be regularly washing their hands. Washing your hands correctly and at the right times can help the spread of germs. Remember to always have your staff wash their hands at the following times:

  • Before and after coming into contact with a patient’s skin
  • After any contact with bodily fluids or broken skin, especially after dressing a wound
  • After using the bathroom, eating, or removing gloves.

Having the Right Team

At ServiceMaster Twin Cities, we know clean. We especially know healthcare facility and medical office cleaning. We uphold the strict standards set forth by OSHA and fully understand HIPPA compliance. We are prepared to serve the greater Little Rock, AR area with an accountable and reliably trained janitorial team. Call us for a free quote at (501) 712 – 2249 or contact us online!

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