Cleaning Medical Facilities Safely
Maintaining a clean and hygienic environment in medical facilities is crucial in preventing the spread of bacteria and germs. However, it is not as simple as cleaning a regular office space. In fact, the emergence of Candida auris (C. auris), an urgent antimicrobial resistance (AR) threat, has become a major concern in U.S. healthcare facilities. Possessing the knowledge is essential in a cleaning company's ability to perform the job right and keep patients safe.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned that poor general infection prevention and control practices in healthcare facilities have contributed to the rapid rise and geographic spread of C. auris cases. Improper dwell times, improper chemistries and poor application of product have given rise to these antimicrobial resistant bacteria. People who are very sick, have invasive medical devices, or have long or frequent stays in healthcare facilities are at increased risk for acquiring C. auris, which can cause severe infections with high death rates. Proper disinfection in facilities that treat high risk people MUST be properly equipped and trained to perform the tasks needed to keep patients safe.
Cleaning staff must follow proper cleaning and disinfection procedures daily to ensure that all surfaces are cleaned thoroughly, including using the correct concentration of cleaning products and allowing surfaces to dry before use. It is also crucial to use PPE, such as gloves, masks, and gowns, to protect cleaning staff from exposure to infectious agents. On the other hand, it is essential not to use harsh chemicals that can damage medical equipment and surfaces or cross-contaminate between surfaces by using different cleaning tools and disinfecting them between uses. Cleaning staff must also pay attention to hidden surfaces, including the undersides of tables and chairs, which can harbor bacteria and viruses.
Therefore, it is important for medical facilities to have a cleaning and disinfection plan in place to prevent the spread of infections, especially in the context of emerging threats such as C. auris. Nx2 has been servicing medical sites such as outpatient facilities, inpatient facilities, surgical suites, post-mortem facilities as well as animal hospitals to provide the best in daily cleaning. Our trained team has many years of experience in healthcare facilities and troubleshooting problems.
Our approach includes the use of appropriate cleaning products, paying attention to high-touch surfaces, using personal protective equipment, and following proper cleaning and disinfection procedures. By taking these measures, medical facilities can ensure a safe and hygienic environment for patients and staff.
Call Nx2 Today and have us come to your facility and put an effective plan together to ensure you are offering your patients a clean environment for their health!