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photo of an EVS worker cleaning a floor in a health care facility
November 28, 2018 Arthur Coleman

Neglected EVS Training Will Cost Your Business

With increased technological advances in tools and equipment, an educated workforce has never been more important in the cleaning and maintenance industry.

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Photo of patients in a health care facility waiting room
November 26, 2018 Tim Conn

Bidding a Medical Facility

Medical facilities vary in their specific needs. Consider training resources, cleaning products, and required equipment when making a bid.

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November 20, 2018 Kathleen Misovic

EVS Is the First Defense in Infection Control

By following standardized cleaning standards, environmental services workers can provide the best defense in protecting patients from HAIs.

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hand dryer and paper towel dispenser
October 16, 2018 Riley Quinn Doherty

The Great Debate: Paper Towels vs. Hand Dryers

Although it seems simple, hand drying is not as simple as it sounds. When considering which drying method to install into your facility’s restrooms, here’s what you should consider.

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Handwashing: Then And Now
September 24, 2012

Handwashing: Then And Now

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), proper handwashing with soap and warm water is the single most important means of preventing the spread of both viral and bacterial infections.

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Preventing Legionella By Controlling Scale
September 17, 2012 Jan De Baat Doelman

Preventing Legionella By Controlling Scale

The Legionella bacterium Legionella pneumophila (L. pneumophila), the fundamental agent of Legionnaires’ disease, is a water-based organism that causes infection when inhaled in an aerosol form.

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The Silent Cleaner
August 17, 2012 Michael Pinto

The Silent Cleaner

Healthcare facilities are caught in a vice of which the two jaws are a growing awareness of the detrimental effects of healthcare acquired infections (HAI) and shrinking resources to address the problem.

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The Science Of Disinfectants
April 25, 2012 Kirsten M. Thompson

The Science Of Disinfectants

We often take for granted the action of disinfectants without fully understanding how they work.

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What’s Blowing Out Of Your Exhaust?
July 29, 2011 William R. Griffin

What’s Blowing Out Of Your Exhaust?

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Patient room
July 15, 2011

The Importance of Environmental Hygiene

Contaminated environmental surfaces in health care facilities can contribute to the transmission of infectious pathogens. Studies find that the cleaning and disinfection of these high-touch surfaces has been suboptimal.

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Remove Germs, Don't Spread Them
February 1, 2011 Jeff Graveline

Remove Germs, Don't Spread Them

Traditionally, floors have been cleaned using a cotton string mop and a bucket with diluted cleaning solution.

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ASHE and IFMA release benchmark results
October 5, 2010

ASHE and IFMA release benchmark results

The American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) of the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) announced the release of "Operations and Maintenance Benchmarks for Health Care Facilities."

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Tough Questions About Disinfectants Answered
September 19, 2010 Allen Rathey

Tough Questions About Disinfectants Answered

In an era of H1N1 (swine flu), MRSA and other contagious illnesses that can be transmitted environmentally, and directly or indirectly by surfaces, disinfectants clearly have a place in our clean-for-health toolbox.

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State Of The Science: Do Disinfectants Cause Antibiotic Resistance?
September 19, 2010 Dr. Benjamin Tanner

State Of The Science: Do Disinfectants Cause Antibiotic Resistance?

Scientists have historically attributed the rise in antibiotic resistance among bacteria to two main causes: Low-level use of antibiotics in animal feed and inappropriate prescription of antibiotics by physicians.

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Steam Vapor: A Green Disinfectant
September 19, 2010 Dr. Benjamin Tanner

Steam Vapor: A Green Disinfectant

However, traditional disinfection technologies have drawbacks that limit effectiveness when it comes to controlling the spread of germs.

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Cleanliness In U.S. Hospitals
September 19, 2010

Cleanliness In U.S. Hospitals

In the letter, the author discussed his feelings about the level of cleanliness in U.S. hospitals and areas that cleaners should focus on to maintain safe environments.

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