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Why is properly cleaning Healthcare facilities so important

30 Jun 2020 6:53 PM | Vincent Supernor

Properly cleaning healthcare services are important because if they are not cleaned with the right EPA accepted chemicals then there is a risk of cross contamination (the process by which bacteria or other organisms are unintentionally transferred from one object to another, with harmful effect.

OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) requires a clean and sanitary environment that inhibits interaction with blood or OPIM (other potentially infectious materials), according to the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard. If the cleaning staff does not change PPE (personal protection equipment) after cleaning each individual room or bathroom then they have the potential to spread the microorganisms through out the hospital. The cleaning crews job is to keep the environment clean and safe for the patient, staff and visitors of the hospital.It is very important to clean high touch surfaces light switches, phones, door knobs, TV remotes etc. Germs are every where and it is the cleaning crews job to protect everyone from a potential exposure.

Even the littlest thing in the room can pose and extreme risk to the pt. When cleaning healthcare facilities have many different types of microorganisms and viruses present in them, it is important to make sure that they are cleaned properly and that the cleaning crew wears all PPE in order to protect themselves from exposure and to keep their families safe and the hospital safe as well.

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