CINCINNATI, OH — As bed turn rates decline, the summer months give environmental service departments time to recharge and prepare for the next flu season, according to a press release.
To assist environmental services (ES) directors in developing their summer maintenance strategy, Cintas Corporation
has issued a checklist of best practices for cleaning health care facilities in the summer, the release noted.
Facilities should deep clean all soft surfaces, such as carpet, in clinical and non-clinical areas throughout the building. Use a carpet cleaning service that allows floors to dry quickly, limiting downtime and poor indoor air quality, the release stated.
According to the release, facilities should conduct training sessions to instruct ES workers on proper infection control and best practices for preventing cross-contamination when cleaning patient rooms and high-risk areas.
Facilities should also assess opportunities for environmental savings. Even if you''re not using green chemicals, you can limit the environmental impact of your business by reducing the amount of water and energy consumed, which can reduce costs, the release added.
"The summer months offer an ideal time for ES directors to deep clean and prepare for busier winter months," said Brent Schafer, vice president of health care, Cintas.
"It also serves as a great checkpoint for reviewing successful programs and making changes to improve processes and performance. This ensures healthcare facilities are fully prepared for the challenges that winter months present," Schafer concluded.