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Healthcare-associated-infections have multiple similarities to the COVID-19 virus. Both can be transferred through contact with surfaces containing the bacteria or virus, both can be contagious, and both can be effectively eliminated using similar cleaning practices. 

While different viruses have different lifespans, COVID has been found to remain infectious on surfaces for anywhere between two hours and nine days (Kampf 2020), though other viruses can last for months on certain surfaces (Doll 2017). Due to their long lifespan, bacteria and viruses that are not removed or destroyed during cleaning have potential to infect patients long after cleaning occurs. 

High-contact Surfaces

While each hospital has its own set of cleaning practices, studies show that high-contact surfaces are often not cleaned thoroughly enough, (Doll 2017; Meyer 2020) leaving enough pathogens to both infect patients and contaminate nurses’ gowns and gloves, potentially spreading the disease to other patient rooms. 

Meyer’s 2020 study examined the quality of cleaning in high-contact areas in patient rooms in a Canadian teaching hospital, finding that only 63% of surfaces were properly cleaned. 

Meyer cites the main reasons for a lack of thorough cleaning as potential time constraints, understaffing, and lack of training. Doll comes to a similar conclusion in his study, noting that non-compliance with cleaning practices is typically caused by a lack of understanding the cleaning process — not mal-intent on the part of the person cleaning. 

In a 2020 study by Shimabukuro, multiple research papers were compared to find best cleaning practices for COVID-19. The results show that multiple cleaning solutions are effective, so long as cleaning is frequent and thorough, especially in high-touch areas. 

Focusing cleaning efforts on high-contact areas has been proven to reduce the risk of Healthcare-associated-infections being transferred to patients. The same applies to the COVID-19 virus. Extra attention to the cleaning of high-touch surfaces can lower the risk of infection or illness. 

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Bringing a hospital environment from clean to super-clean gives your doctors and patients every reason to recommend your hospital.

A comprehensive clean in your facility can have an impact on more than just your equipment performance. Through our experience, staff members have reported increased pride in their workplace and a sense of collaboration, as they really discussed and focused on the function and purpose of various pieces of equipment. The detailed cleaning provided a springboard for increased organization of the workplace.

Also… freeing up clinicians to focus on patient care leads to improved outcomes — for everyone.

Our Equipment Management Solution takes the burden of cleaning and maintenance off of your staff, allowing them to focus their energy and expertise on patient care. 

Ready to see the difference? Get started with a complimentary evaluation by phone or video or an on-line orientation of what the EquipSystems Professional Teams can do for you.

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When it comes to the health, safety and cleanliness of your medical facility, it’s important to have cleaning and disinfecting experts who can handle the unique needs of your environment. 

Why?

Ensuring a spotless environment of care ensures the safety of employees, and most importantly of patients. 

A hospital or healthcare environment is unique in the respect that it houses people with compromised health, while also housing potentially deadly diseases and microbes in proximity. It’s for this reason that hospital cleaning procedures and methods must be full-proof. They must also be carried out by qualified staff who can ensure satisfactory microbial and disease remediation.

Ease the burden of medical equipment cleaning at your healthcare facility.

Partnering with EquipSystems takes the stress and guesswork out of equipment cleaning practices, policies and procedures. We provide a dedicated team to organize your healthcare facility management while managing equipment deep cleaning and disinfection.

Get started with a free on-site assessment or an on-line orientation of what the EquipSystems Professional Teams can do for you.

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Maintaining hospital equipment is a crucial part of keeping patients healthy and safe. There are many types of maintenance approaches that may affect cost, productivity, ROI, and overall efficiency.

How does your hospital manage maintenance on medical equipment?

Let’s review a few types of routines.

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Now more than ever, it’s important for healthcare facilities to maintain the cleanliness and integrity of their equipment and space.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1 in 25 U.S. hospital patients is diagnosed with at least one healthcare-associated infection. But the good news is that you can control and prevent the spread of infection in your facility.

What are some ways you can combat the spread of infection in your medical facility? 

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Bringing a hospital environment from clean to super-clean creates a number of advantages: some of them are obvious, others are more subtle. According to Michael T. Kennedy, Regional Manager for a New England-based hospital cleaning service, one unexpected result of contracting with EquipSystems for a detailed cleaning at a Massachusetts hospital was an increased sense of camaraderie and teamwork. Read more »