The increasing reports of the spread of HAI’s have had many taking a look at the cleaning standards in place for hospitals. This makes the choice of your medical facility cleaning choice a crucial one. But what exactly are the specific dangers of low-quality hospital cleaning you might ask?
In North America, the United States, in particular, increasing reports of HAI’s outbreaks are drastically on the rise. C. Difficile and MRSA are the most common reported dangerous diseases. And HAI (Hospital Associated Infectious) affects a patient who has checked into a medical facility for a form of treatment or surgery, and while in the hospital contract a secondary infection.
The problem has been linked to inefficient, low-quality hospital cleaning. It is important to remember that many HAI’s have recently become highly resistant to many forms of treatment. There are new advances that have been released on the market that will hopefully combat this immunity situation.
Another issue is that of how often certain areas of the hospital are cleaned. For example, many high touch areas, such as doors, countertops, and various pieces of medical equipment are not being cleaned as frequently as would be needed to keep HAI’s cases at bay.
Although the cleaning of floors is made more frequently than any other areas of the hospital, to keep patients perceptions of the facility positive, the high touch areas, such as those listed above, are much more crucial areas to be clean more thoroughly.
When it comes to the patient’s room, many recent studies have shown that the majority of hospitals involved in the research were only being shown to be cleaned once a day. However, the room needs more frequently sanitized and disinfected for the best results. Take into consideration how many people enter and exit a patients room, and you can see just how high the possibility of cross-contamination exists.
The bottom line is can you really put a price on your facilities patients, staff and visitors. When cleaning costs are cut, leading to the low-quality cleaning of hospitals, the result can, in fact, become deadly.