In the United States, hospitals are in the business of providing healthcare to over 35 million inpatients and performing over 51 million procedures annually. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 5-10% of patients get a hospital-associated infection (HAI) or nosocomial infection during their stay. This staggering statistic shows just how critically important it is that everyone, from hospital executives down to front-line workers, understands the need for a coordinated, multimodal effort in controlling and preventing the spread of infectious diseases. (Darrel Hicks 2/2/16)
Getting a large group of environmental workers to coordinate their daily activity using the same set of best practices is not an easy task. Health Care Management must define each individual and group’s role, provide formal and ongoing training, and coordinate the ongoing work schedule. Equipping the group with easy to use, reliable and robust tools to be effective. The organization needs to measure and track the results including an active continuous improvement plan.
The environmental services personnel cleaning the facilities are on the front-line for infection prevention. Organization like the Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) offers certification programs to establish best practices and then methods on effective ongoing training.
Darrel Hicks has written an article called: “Time to turn Cleaning Staff into Certified Technicians”. Read Full Article
UVC Cleaning Systems manufactures the equipment that integrates into the process and procedures of a coordinated infection prevention program; effective products that are simple to operate, safe and extremely reliable