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Are You Disinfecting Everything Brought into Hospital Rooms?

Follow these tips to clean your mobile device when exiting patient rooms

February 12, 2019

Environmental services (EVS) staff follow carefully created protocols for cleaning hospital restrooms, beds, and other high-touch surfaces in patient rooms. But are they taking as much care in cleaning any mobile devices they take with other surfaces?

In a poll conducted by Infection Control Today, 83 percent of survey respondents reported using their personal mobile devices within a hospital, however just 68 percent said they clean/decontaminate these devices regularly. Among the 57 percent of respondents who use a hospital-issued mobile technology device in the course of their workday, 56 percent report cleaning the device themselves

Numerous studies have found that cell phones and other mobile devices harbor germs. Although these devices are found everywhere and considered innocuous, like any item held up to one’s face, users should exercise caution as not to spread germs to themselves or others.

Manufacturers recommend using a damp cloth to clean phones and other devices, but they offer no specific instructions for electronics used in health care settings. Experts with the ECRI Institute, an independent, nonprofit organization focused on medical practices and patient safety, recommend that EVS staff and other hospital workers place their devices in a sealed plastic baggie if they must bring them into an isolation room. When they exit the room, they should open the bag and remove it from the device like peeling a pair of disposable gloves from their hands—flipping it inside out, balling it into the palm of their hand, then throwing it away. Next, they should remove their gloves, wipe the device down, and wash their hands.

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Get Certified in Industry Management Standards and Green Buildings

February 12, 2019

If you’d like to be certified in Cleaning Industry Management Standards (CIMS) as well as obtain a CIMS-Green Building (GB) certification, sign up for the ISSA Certification Expert (I.C.E.) workshop March 28 in Baltimore, MD.

The workshop, being held in conjunction with the Clean Buildings Expo, will provide operational and budgetary knowledge that will help position attendees as indispensable resources, especially as custodial operations continue to reduce budgets.

Take your customer relationships to the next level by learning how to provide constructive solutions to real life operational challenges and position yourself as a true partner to your customer. Register for the I.C.E. workshop today.

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Johnson Controls Scores Contract with Las Vegas NFL Stadium

February 12, 2019

Johnson Controls, Inc. has been awarded a contract to provide building services to the new Las Vegas Stadium.

Johnson Controls will develop and implement security and life-safety solutions for the 65,000-seat stadium that is currently under construction in Paradise, NV. Johnson Controls will also provide lifecycle services, including the maintenance and service of security, fire alarm, and fire suppression systems.The facility is slated to open ahead of the 2020 NFL season, at which point the Raiders will relocate from their current stadium in Oakland, CA, to Las Vegas, NV.

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Jon-Don Acquires Quest Building Products

February 12, 2019

Jon-Don, a supplier of equipment, consumables, and know-how for specialty contractors, has purchased Quest Building Products.

Jon-Don’s purchase of the Anaheim, CA-based distributor of concrete surface prep products and services expands the company’s product portfolio. Per the terms of the deal, Jon-Don will become the supplier for Kretus, Quest’s line of high-performance concrete coating systems.

Jon-Don also announced plans to open its 13th national distribution center later this year in Anaheim. The 40,000-square-foot facility will house the Quest team, a retail showroom, an equipment repair center, and a dedicated training and education area.

 

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