What to Look for When Hiring a Cleaning Company for Your Healthcare Facility
Did you know that 1 out of every 25 patients that stay in a healthcare facility will contract at least one infection during their hospital stay? (New England Journal of Medicine) That's just nasty.
As frightening as that stat might be, rest assured that this issue can be overcome. One of the biggest factors in determining a facility's infection risk is their cleanliness.
The first line of defense? The cleaning crew. This is the hospital's fearless pathogen warriors. Their dependability and education are the dividing line between patients and an infection-filled warzone. With cleaning staff sanitizing room after room, it is imperative that they have proper training and processes to avoid carrying loose pathogens from one area to another. Trust us, nobody enjoys other people's leftovers.
So, how can you know whether a cleaning company is equipped with the knowledge and wherewithal to get the job done correctly? Every time?
Check for Certified Management
One of the most sure-fire signs that your cleaning crew is the best of the best is to check if they have highly certified management.
The Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) recently released a new Certificate of Mastery in Infection Prevention, or CMIP, which is a rigorous three-phase program that provides graduates with the comprehensive ability to facilitate infection prevention care to all clinical environments, as well as train their staff.
In other words, CMIP holders mean business, and are your best bet for guaranteeing that your space gets cleaned effectively. You should look for companies that have certified management, such as Safety and Operations Managers, with this accreditation.
Some things that they understand (and that others don't):
* They know the ins-and-outs of microorganisms, A.K.A. viruses, bacteria, fungi, and pathogens. They specifically know what chemicals make them disappear.
* They also know the secret sauce for applying the cleaning solutions, such as how long to let them sit, when and where to apply them, and all kinds of other wizardry
* Exactly how diseases get transmitted and what precautions to take to avoid spreading, including:
o Hand hygiene
o Use of Personal Protective Equipment
o Respiratory Hygiene
o Hazardous waste handling
o Environmental Awareness
Not only is this manager an expert in infection annihilation, they are also well-equipped trainers, so they can properly teach the company's frontline, and offer guidance whenever necessary.
Making the right choice in a healthcare cleaning company can truly mean the difference between sickness and health! Create a safer environment for your patients and staff, and look for a cleaning company that is qualified.
When health is on the line, you want a qualified company that you can trust to put those pesky pathogens in their place. Don't wait any longer!