Some stylistic choices in the design of hospitals and other healthcare facilities may actually hurt the ability for those facilities to maintain cleanliness.
Hospitals are under intense pressure to be economically efficient, which most often translates to cutting staff and costs. Often, one of the first areas to be cut is in the resources for infection control and cleaning, generally handled by the Environmental Services (ES) team.
Superbugs are infections that are resistant to antibiotics, so they become difficult for medical professionals to treat. Preventing these types of infections should be the top priority of healthcare facilities because they put the institution’s reputation as a place of healing in jeopardy.
The medical world is dealing with a huge problem, and it is not just the battle against the skyrocketing costs. It’s also the battle of finding new strategies for a safe healthcare facility. And, most seriously, it’s the battle against skyrocketing germs, also known as superbugs.
One of the most basic approaches to the maintenance of hygiene, and one that is particularly important in the healthcare environment, is cleaning. But it doesn’t stop there. Here are the steps involved in thoroughly combating healthcare-acquired infections.
A recent report in the trade publication Becker’s Hospital Review relays a disturbing story that mold found in laundry was linked to illness, even death.
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