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Monday's Ask the Experts: Hospital cleaning rate

October 26, 2009
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Monday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: We have been using patient days to drive our labor budgets for years now. I am wondering what the national average for hospital cleaning per hour is. Is it still around 1,500 to 2,000 square feet per hour or has it gone up?
The answer:
Certainly production rates are increasing as environmental services managers use better management systems, more productive equipment, and feel the pressure of budget constraints.
As far as averages go, that is tough to nail down since some areas such as operating rooms clean slower while others (hallways and offices) should clean faster.
Benchmarking is not an exact science because there are many variables that affect what each facility is able to accomplish.
I would say that your numbers are in the ball park, but probably a little lower than they could be, you should ... — Bill Griffin, www.cleaningconsultants.com
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