Healthcare facilities across the nation continue to try to strike a balance between environmental disinfectants that are effective in reducing or destroying undesirable microbes, while ensuring patient and employee safety and protecting furnishings and surfaces.
Color coding, matting systems, hand washing and proper training can all contribute to an effective infection control program.
Cleaning professionals need to take precautions to help control the spread of the influenza virus, norovirus and other pathogens in their facilities.
Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), such as (Clostridium difficile) (C. diff), norovirus and even carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae (CRKP), are becoming increasingly more resistant to traditional treatments and harder to kill.
We are taught from a very young age that clean hands are important; as children, we are instructed to wash them before eating, after visiting the restroom, following contact with sick individuals and any time they appear dirty.
Handwashing is the single most effective means of preventing the spread of infection, and more than 20 studies show that, on average, good hand hygiene practices can reduce illness and absence rates and the associated costs by around 40 percent.
Although the symptoms of norovirus often mimic those of a cold or the flu, the potential hazards of the bug should not be taken lightly.
Traditionally healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are becoming community-acquired and have found their way into other public spaces, presenting challenges to cleaning professionals regardless of where they work.