Cleaning & Maintenance Management Online

Hospital uses breakthrough technology to clean

June 22, 2012

PEORIA, IL — Thanks to some revolutionary new technology, the hardworking environmental services staff at Methodist Medical Center can be more thorough than ever, according to WEEK-TV.

"We can go back and do a visual evidenced-based inspection and we can tell if the room is clean," said Alice Price, the director of support services at Methodist.

The new technology is called Dazo and was developed by Ecolab Healthcare, the article stated.

According to the article, 17 critical touch points identified by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are dotted with an invisible fluorescent chemical before cleaning staff goes to work in a room.

When they''re done cleaning, a small black light is used to see if the chemical is still present; if it is, the room fails inspection, the article noted.

"It''s a lot of pressure but it keeps the germs down for the patients. That''s our most important thing is our patients," said Diana Marquardt, a member of the hospital''s environmental services staff.

Methodist Medical Center is one of nine hospitals in the region using Dazo, and the hospital''s manager of environmental services says, since they employed it about six months ago, the results have been an eye opener, the article added.

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