Hospital Grade Cleanliness
There are a lot of hospitals out there. With easy access to the internet, potential patients can do a quick search of the nearby hospitals and determine which they will patron. As such, hospitals need to find a way to stand apart from the others. Instead of opening a whole new branch devoted to experimental studies and research, there may be an easier and less costly avenue to make sure that patients come to your hospital over another, and that is hospital cleanliness.
In a place that is devoted to health and the excellent welfare of those who enter its doors, bad hospital and nursing home sanitation conditions are sure to send someone right out the door. After all, no one wants to be treated in a hospital that has garbage overflowing in the trash or litter on the floor. It isn’t conducive to excellent health, which is exactly the reason why they’re there in the first place. This article will discuss how EVS or Environmental Services Staff can supervise to ensure your hospital is clean and sanitary.
Perhaps the easiest and cheapest method is to simply watch your cleaning crew. This is best done when they don’t know that they are being observed. Otherwise, people tend to put on their best behavior and work diligently. You want to make sure that the hospital cleaning crew is working effectively when they’re not being supervised. This can be done by watching through camera surveillance or just by having your own form of a mystery shopper. Have someone that looks like a visitor or patient sitting in an area that’s being cleaned and casually watch how the cleaner performs their duties.
2. The ATP System
Supervisors can also use something called the ATP system. In this case, a swab is taken of the floor in an area that was just cleaned. This swab is placed into a monitoring device which reads the light units that are found within the swab. Depending on the count, the supervisor can then determine if the area was cleaned to hospital grade standards or if there is a risk of cross-contamination occurring. This is another easy in which cleaning crews can be checked to see how thoroughly they’re cleaning, or if they’re making sure to use fresh materials or just becoming a little lazy and reusing old mops or uncleaned buckets or materials.
3. Fluorescent Gel
In this test, a supervisor can mark a spot in an area that is about to be cleaned with a fluorescent gel. The mark should be in a place that the supervisor primarily wishes to discover if it is being cleaned or not such as in corners. After the cleaning crew comes in, the supervisor can then check to see if the mark has been washed off or not by using an ultraviolet light. If not, then the cleaning crew likely didn’t do as thorough a job as they should have.
These are all methods you can take to ensure cleanliness.