A clean work environment is appealing for many reasons. First, it can make your staff more productive and happier. The joy of clean has a positive effect on your clients, too; they’ll appreciate a well-organized space and view it as a reflection of your work ethic. There’s safety in cleanliness, too; you’re less likely to slip on a well-maintained floor, and clean environments help people with allergies feel good. Safety is a concern everywhere, but in hospitals, it’s particularly important; healthcare facilities are full of illness, and these illnesses can often spread from patient to patient. For these facilities, a regular cleaning won’t do; you need a terminal clean.
According to a report by Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer in 2013, over 200 000 Canadians contract a healthcare-associated infection (HAI) each year. HAIs are exactly what they sound like: infections you contract while receiving medical treatment in a healthcare facility. Out of the 200 000 of HAIs each year, 8000 are lethal; these infections are a serious problem in any healthcare system. There are a lot of preventive measures that can be taken to reduce the prevalence of these infections; the most important thing is to make sure the hands of all staff and visitors are thoroughly sanitized before interacting with patients. This is a powerful preventive tool, but alone it’s insufficient; the patients themselves are often sick, and bacteria in the environment can infect new patients. Given that hospitalization implies a weakened immune system, any patients within a facility are already susceptible to infection.
A healthcare system that makes its patients sicker is unacceptable; fortunately, there’s terminal cleaning. While terminal cleaning does not drop the rate of HAIs to zero, it can substantially reduce the likeliness of patient infection. Terminal cleaning is, in essence, a group of cleaning techniques that kill bacteria and other infectants; that’s why it’s called terminal. The products used in such a cleaning can also differ substantially from traditional janitorial chemicals, because of the focus on killing infection without using materials that could negatively impact patient health.
The WHO has released a checklist to help janitorial services ensure they’ve cleaned the high priority items in a medical facility. Checklists are only so useful, however, as there can be a variety of medical devices, mobility-assistance tools and other items that the patient or staff may come into frequent contact with. The best way to ensure a medical space is well cleaned is experience; the more often you’ve cleaned similar facilities, the more effective the terminal clean will be.
Anago offers professional cleaning services for your medical facilities; their years of experience will ensure a deep clean that can literally save lives. The staff at Anago are all trained in exterminating bloodborne pathogens and other germs, so you can feel secure. They are available for emergency cleanings as well, so on a hectic night, if something drastic comes up, you can give them a call and feel at ease.