Medical facilities are where the sick go, so it’s doubly important that each and every facility has its own regulations and standard procedures for cleaning and infection control. No one wants to pick up germs left by the last patient.
For medical professionals that work in the same environment, a clean workplace can greatly reduce their chances of getting sick. That being said, here are three levels of cleaning all medical facilities should have:
1) Cleaning Surfaces Between Patients is Important
In a hospital or similar facility where hundreds of people are seen per day, keep the area sanitized so the spread of diseases is reduced to a minimum. Wiping down surface areas including counters, tables, chairs, and even walls should be a task employees undertake daily.
Disinfecting surfaces at the beginning and end of each day is a must. Also take care to wipe down the area every couple of hours, whenever you have a break in the flow of patients. Doing so will decrease the chances of contamination and keep both the patients and staff safe from germs.
2) Cleaning HVAC Systems is a Must
One of the fastest ways diseases transmit is through the air. Virus and bacteria are often airborne, so keeping the HVAC systems clean will prevent cross-contamination and reduce the risk of diseases spreading within the facility. Since those types of ventilation systems are built to keep the air quality safe for patients, the equipment must adhere to high ventilation rates and filtration requirements – meaning that cleaning them isn’t something ordinary staff can do.
Instead, find a local cleaning company that is certified to perform HVAC system cleaning, and they will take care of your air quality and pollution for you. Depending on the company and level of cleaning, a HVAC system check should be done every couple of months. Check your state’s infection control policy for HVAC systems to be sure you’re following the guidelines.
3) It is Important to Keep the Waiting Area Clean
Waiting areas are a breeding ground for infection transmission and germs. Luckily, they’re also easy to clean – you just have to be thorough. Sanitize the magazines, furniture, and televisions in the waiting area, as those are the items most often touched by multiple patients per day. You may want to consider replacing the magazines or reading material routinely to make sure it won’t become a harbor for germs.
If you have toys that are difficult to clean – such as stuffed animals – you will want to exchange them for plastic ones that are easy to wipe down. Of course, you’ll also want a janitorial team on call for the tough jobs, or just for routine cleaning. A local cleaning company is best, especially one you can rely on to keep your facility clean and germ-free.
These are just three simple tips you’ll want to know about to maintain a clean and productive medical facility. If you don’t have time, or aren’t sure what to do, it’s always best to call in a team of experts. Those of us at Our Atlanta commercial cleaning services are more than happy to provide you with a free consultation on what you need to keep your environment tidy. Stay clean. Say Total Green!