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Finding a trusted professional cleaning service to maintain your building—especially when you work in the healthcare industry—can be challenging. It takes an experienced team to understand the nuances of working in a care environment and apply up-to-date cleaning best practices to a hospital, which relies on clean and sanitized areas to function properly and reduce health risks for patients, staff and visitors.

Below are some key things your cleaning service already knows and how they can help elevate your facility’s clean factor.

Hospital Cleaning Best Practices

Medical and healthcare facilities follow strict requirements for cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing, which means in-house and outsourced cleaning teams must be familiar with these requirements in order to uphold high standards and remain compliant. Most third-party cleaning companies come equipped with cleaning packages, product lists, information on cleaning techniques and tools and detailed reports that reveal their compliance with applicable regulations and their understanding of healthcare cleaning best practices. Your cleaning service team should already know how to service your facility appropriately, and after getting to know your needs and the way your organization runs, they will be able to develop a custom cleaning program fit for your unique space.

For example, your cleaning service will have expertise in:

  • Advanced site-specific cleaning technology and tools
  • Proper chemical cleaners for healthcare applications
  • Attention and care when cleaning specialized medical equipment
  • Additional focus on high-touch, high-traffic areas
  • Cleaning staff with experience working in care facilities
  • Strict supervision of cleaning technicians and cleaning programs

Adding this knowledge and expertise to your internal environmental services team can help simplify your equipment cleaning AND advance your infection prevention and patient safety rate.

Disinfecting, Sterilizing & Cleaning Methods

A commercial cleaning team understands the difference between these approaches to keeping surfaces and objects clean and ready for safe use in a hospital environment, and they should be well-versed in modern cleaning products, tools and tactics needed to get the job done.

At EquipSystems, we disinfect all hard surfaces with a proven 3 log kill rate of bacteria, viruses, fungus and yeasts; reducing the potential for costly infections and eliminating a proven 99.999% of bacteria, viruses, fungus and yeasts and reducing the potential of infectious reservoirs.

Current Healthcare Regulations

Commercial cleaners working to maintain healthcare spaces must keep the regulations and best practices of important industry organizations in mind. As different institutions and facilities require differing and custom cleaning programs, a commercial cleaning company will take into account the necessary procedures, products, compliance, and information protection regulations needed. This also means that a commercial cleaner will need to stay on top of current compliance regulations across the board.

At EquipSystems, we strive to stay compliant with the regulations your operations must follow:

Patient, Staff & Visitor Communication

Hospital cleaning teams are typically well-equipped to bring the friendly demeanor and respect that sensitive environments demand. This means that cleaning staff know how to move around rooms quickly, safely and respectfully and understand how to effectively communicate with the patients and staff they come into contact with while performing their jobs. 

We understand that we are an extension of your team, we also understand that we are a reflection of your team and facility. EquipSystems brings knowledge and efficiency to your facility. Each of our team members is trained, vendor certified, undergo background checks and drug testing, and brings professionalism to your facility.

Why It Matters

Does your cleaning service know all of this and put this knowledge into practice at your facility? Need an experienced team to come alongside yours? The proper team and care can make all the difference in your facility.

Contact us for a healthcare facility cleaning consultation to learn how we can help you create a safer space for your patients and staff.

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A thorough cleaning regiment within your Environment of Care (EOC) ensures proper microbe and disease remediation for 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, and often in the same room. It’s for this reason that hospital cleaning procedures and methods must be full-proof and carried out by qualified staff who can ensure satisfactory microbial and disease remediation.

First, what is an environment of care?

An environment of care is made up of three parts:

  • The building or facility, and how it’s arranged to protect staff and patients
  • Equipment used to support patient care and ensure safety
  • Individuals; either employees, patients or visitors that have a responsibility to minimize risk

An environment of care is the sum of all the parts that help staff establish an environment fit for the safe care of patients. In this context, an environment of care requires proper cleaning and disinfection on the part of not just cleaning staff, but visitors and other patients to safeguard the integrity of the hospital or healthcare facility. This not only includes prudent and well-trained environment service and cleaning staff, but also the participation of other staff and visitors.

By applying rigorous cleaning disinfection standards for hospital cleaning procedures and methods, the spread of MDROs, HAIs, and other organisms can be prevented, thus strengthening the environment of care for healthcare facilities and hospitals.

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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From scheduling nurses to keeping track of patients to making sure equipment is working when and where it needs to be, there are a lot of moving pieces to keep track of in a hospital. That is why it is crucial to stay organized and have a method in place to make sure everything is right where it should be and in good condition. 

Here are a few tips to help you keep track of your medical equipment so that it’s ready and working when you need it. 

Use an electronic inventory system.

By using a barcode to scan each piece of equipment into an inventory system, you can know exactly where each piece of equipment is and what condition it is in. You can track the availability of the equipment, as well as the status of when it might need maintenance or repairs next. 

Implement a maintenance plan. 

There are multiple types of maintenance: preventative, predictive, reactive, and reliability-centered. To learn more about what each one is, check out our blog comparing different maintenance types.

Figure out what maintenance type works best for your hospital, and schedule maintenance accordingly. Keep in mind that regulations surrounding some pieces of equipment require maintenance to follow the manufacturer’s specifications, and plan accordingly. 

Check equipment regularly.

Regularly checking for signs of wear and tear helps to fine-tune your maintenance schedule and provide advanced notice when a piece of equipment is wearing out or breaking down. It is also a good idea to audit your inventory system to ensure that everything is labeled correctly and is working the way it should. 

Looking for more information about medical equipment maintenance and how EquipSystems can help?

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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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