The Future of Healthcare Cleaning
Medical care has made tremendous advancements in the past few years. In 2019 alone, pharmacogenomic testing, immunotherapy, and 3-D printing have all started to gain traction in hospitals—bringing about new ways to fight cancer, autoimmune diseases, and transplant needs. The future of the healthcare industry is exciting and gives many patients hope in fighting illnesses and disease. While this is great news, there are still a number of hazards that accompany simply stepping foot in a hospital or medical office. More often than not, these hazards are related to pathogens left behind from other patients—a lack of proper cleaning and disinfecting.
At the end of the year, 1.7 million lives will have been lost due to healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). While not every incidence of a HAI is fatal, they’re way more common than they should be. This means people are dying from things that could have been avoided. Not only does this translate to lost lives, it ends up costing billions of dollars each year to the health care system and puts healthcare workers are risk. It means that more money is spent dealing with HAIs and less money spent on medical advancements, research, or innovative procedures.
To make sure that we’re playing a part in the reduction of HAIs, we need to implement the highest cleaning and disinfecting standards on the market. That’s where the future of healthcare cleaning comes in.
What is the Future of Healthcare Cleaning?
In the past, healthcare cleaners have been primarily because of price, proximity, and productivity. The cheap companies that are closest to the healthcare facility and are seemingly the most “efficient” will end up getting the job. It’s time for that to change. Efficiency doesn't always translate to cleanliness. Instead, the future of healthcare cleaning needs to focus on quality above all else. This is achieved through implementing The VeriClean™ audit system. The VeriClean™ audit system uses fluorescent sprays to make sure that nothing is missed during industrial and commercial cleanings. Higher accountability breeds higher standards. It’s one of the only ways for cleaning companies to take the time and check their work, then tackle anything that was missed.
Healthcare cleaning is a unique industry that needs cleaning companies who will focus on eliminating pathogens before they can spread. The VeriClean™ audit system lets you achieve this.
Working hand-in-hand with The VeriClean™ audit system, healthcare-cleaning companies should be partnering with ImageFIRST. ImageFIRST uses a laundering process to meet and exceed OSHA, CDC, and HLAC standards through a Triple BioShield Protection technology. This ensures that supplies are cleaned properly and 99.999% of common pathogens are eliminated in the process.
Infection Prevention Education
To keep up with the future of healthcare cleaning, you need to find a qualified company who understands the danger of pesky pathogens left behind. When you opt for a company with a Certification of Mastery in Infection Prevention (CMIP), you will get a cleaning crew that is truly the best of the best. CMIP certified employees understand the dangers of improper healthcare cleaning, which is why they always go above and beyond.
Through the education and certification process, cleaners learn the ins-and-outs of microorganisms and what chemicals to use to make them disappear. They’re fully trained in general disease transmission and how to use cleaning solutions to best wipe out each type of microorganisms. Employees who hold a CMIP are experts in infection annihilation and they can properly train others or offer guidance whenever necessary. Opting for a cleaning company who prioritizes infection prevention education is the future of healthcare cleaning. As an added bonus, it will save your facility thousands of dollars in costs associated with HAIs.
Accountability of sanitation standards goes hand-in-hand with education. Having high sanitation standards in place is imperative to reducing HAIs. Through the use of The VeriClean™ audit system, cleaning companies can now perform internal audits at the end of each clean. This allows us to double-check our cleaning jobs and make sure that no spot goes un-sanitized.
At the end of each cleaning job, typically the next day after cleaning, The VeriClean™ audit system will use a black light to light up any pathogens or germs that were missed. These spots are then targeted and checked again before the cleaning is considered complete. While Bee Line Employees are trained specifically not to leave any spot untouched, internal auditing is how we guarantee that your surface is cleaned to quality standards every time. Results are logged electronically for your continuity and quality assurance. The future of healthcare cleaning is using this “Weapon of Mass Disinfection” regularly.
Finally, healthcare cleaning companies need to employ teams that are trained extensively for healthcare facilities. Cleaning a healthcare facility offers different challenges than cleaning a commercial or residential zone. At Bee Line Cleaning, we have a built-in medical exam suite and bathroom that is a precise imitation of a real-life exam room. This allows us to further improve training protocol through extensive training opportunities. Some of which include:
We train and test our entire faculty on their knowledge of proper healthcare cleaning procedures, chemicals, application techniques, efficiency, and competency. All employees, including upper management and leadership, are subject to this testing to ensure consistency and excellence throughout our entire company. This training includes proper personal protective equipment (PPE) training.
Often-Overlooked Nooks and Crannies
In medical and healthcare facilities, there are a lot of often-overlooked nooks and crannies. Our extensive training procedures result in these nooks and crannies getting as much attention as the rest of the room. This includes details on how to access these areas and how to safely and efficiently disinfect everything, regardless of where it is in the room.
Contrary to what you might think, there is a designated way to move through a room efficiently. We teach our faculty the preferred cleaning route for healthcare facilities so that they’re productive, safe, and never miss a spot. Using our mock-healthcare offices, employees go through this training prior to stepping foot in a healthcare office.
Now that we have a fully functioning site for extensive training, we will be inviting Environmental Services Experts and Infection Prevention Leaders to conduct seminars, training, and help us stay up-to-date with medical advancements. This keeps us at the forefront of the future of healthcare cleaning while advancements are continually made.
At Bee Line Cleaning, we are the future of healthcare cleaning. We utilize The VeriClean™ audit system to ensure all germs are killed when cleaning any medical facility, hospital, or surgery center. The VeriClean™ audit system uses high-level black lights to ensure that disinfection is 100% accurate for all surgery terminals, hospital rooms, and medical facilities. In addition to implementing this unique system, we put our employees thorough rigorous training before working on the field. If you’re curious about your current cleaning standards, contact us today. We’re offering all new customers a free black light audit to show just how well your current cleaning company is performing.
Bee Line Cleaning carries a Certification of Mastery in Infection Prevention (CMIP) through the Association for the Healthcare Environment. This means that our employees have endured a rigorous, three-phase program that results in a comprehensive ability to facilitate infection prevention care to all clinical environments. Let Bee Line Cleaning bring you the future of healthcare cleaning, today.