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Why Is Properly Cleaning Healthcare Facilities So Important

22 Nov 2021 8:04 AM | Vivian Martin

Have you ever walked into a hospital for a visit and thought to yourself, I sure hope I don't catch anything while I am here? I immediately think of all the germs and ill patients that could cause harm to me and my family. Same goes for any medical facility, not just the hospital. Germs are everywhere especially where the sick are lying. This is why it is so important for properly cleaning of healthcare facilities, to help reduce the chances of spreading germs and contracting an illness for workers, staff, patients, and visitors. 

Janitors and environmental specialists work hard to keep our healthcare facilities safe and clean from HAi also known as Healthcare Associated Infections. These infections could be contracted through direct contact as well as indirect contact in any healthcare facility. Direct contact involves person to person contact such as shaking hands, where as indirect contact involves touching an object that the infected person has touched such as bed rails or bed controls. Here is where hand washing becomes very important in helping to keep germs under control in a healthcare environment. 

It is essential that healthcare janitors are well trained for cleaning,  sanitizing, and disinfecting all areas in a healthcare facility, as cold viruses have been shown to survive on indoor surfaces for approximately seven days where flu viruses have the potential to live on hard surfaces, such as plastics and metal, longer than on fabrics and other soft surfaces. The cold and flu are only a couple of the germs that can be easily transmitted, the more severe diseases could include but not limited to HBV, HCV, Clostridium difficile, and even HIV, just to name a few if healthcare facilities are not cleaned and properly sanitized.

Next time you are at work if you happen to work in healthcare or just visiting or planning to be a patient anytime soon, thank your environmental specialist and healthcare janitors, as they have a very important roll in keeping our facilities clean and safe. You can also read more on this subject and find local janitorial services at https://www.ijcsa.org/Janitorial-Service-Directory-Find-A-Janitorial-Service-JanitorialServices

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