Overlooked Yet Critical: The Often-Missed Hospital Equipment in Cleaning Routines

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It's a given that surgical tools and operating surfaces in medical facilities undergo rigorous cleaning and sterilization. However, several pieces of hospital equipment might be unintentionally overlooked in routine cleaning processes, potentially posing a risk of infection and contamination.

Commonly Missed Equipment in Hospital Cleaning:

  1. Linen Hampers: While soiled linens are routinely disposed of or cleaned, the hampers themselves often go unnoticed. Contaminants from the linens can transfer to the hampers, necessitating their regular cleaning to prevent cross-contamination.

  2. Garbage Cans: Beyond regular emptying and bag replacement, the cans themselves require thorough cleaning. Residues and lingering odors from bag leaks can create an unhygienic and unpleasant environment.

  3. Stretchers: Often not considered in daily cleaning, stretchers can harbor residues of bodily fluids, necessitating proper disinfection to prevent the spread of infection. Additionally, specific cleaning procedures are crucial to prevent damage or corrosion to the stretcher surfaces.

  4. Various Hospital Carts: Including anesthesia, case, dietary, EVS, pharmacy, and utility carts, these are integral to hospital operations and must be routinely cleaned to prevent issues like food stains, odors, or residue build-up.

  5. IV Poles: Frequently handled by medical staff and patients, IV poles require thorough cleaning to eliminate germs and any bodily fluids, ensuring they are safe for subsequent patient use.

EquipSystems: Your Professional Cleaning Solution

In the bustling environment of hospitals, keeping track of all equipment cleaning can be challenging. Routine staff cleanings may inadvertently miss out on essential items, which could lead to serious health risks.

EquipSystems steps in to offer a comprehensive solution, ensuring every piece of equipment, including those easily overlooked, is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Our process effectively removes dirt, dried fluids, tape, and residue, and our disinfection method achieves a 3 log kill rate of harmful microorganisms. This meticulous approach not only enhances cleanliness but also significantly reduces infection risks.

We are committed to ensuring your equipment, evident or not, in your hospital is properly cleaned, disinfected, and ready for safe use.

Paul Jackson