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A new year ushers in an opportunity to put a new focus on cleaning and disinfection to ensure the highest levels of cleanliness in your facility, which is crucial to maintain a sanitary environment for patients and staff.

Here are some strategies to emphasize and enhance cleaning and disinfection practices in the health care setting:

  1. Establish Clear Protocols:
  • Develop and communicate clear cleaning and disinfection protocols that are easy to understand and follow.
  • Clearly outline responsibilities for different staff members and departments to ensure accountability.
Training and Education:
  • Provide comprehensive training for all health care staff involved in cleaning and disinfection procedures.
  • Regularly update training programs to incorporate the latest guidelines and best practices.
Use of Appropriate Products:
  • Select and use appropriate and effective disinfectants.
  • Ensure that cleaning products used are compatible with the surfaces and equipment in the health care facility.
Technology and Innovation:
  • Explore new technologies, such as UVC disinfection systems, to supplement traditional cleaning methods.
  • Stay informed about advancements in cleaning and disinfection technology and incorporate them as appropriate.
Frequency of Cleaning:
  • Establish a routine cleaning schedule for different areas within the health care facility, with a focus on high-touch surfaces.
  • Increase cleaning frequency and use enhanced protocols in areas where needed.
Environmental Services Team:
  • Empower and support the environmental services team responsible for cleaning and disinfection.
  • Ensure an adequate number of staff members are available to meet the cleaning needs of the facility.
Monitoring and Auditing:
  • Implement regular audits and inspections to assess the effectiveness of cleaning and disinfection practices.
  • Use checklists and documentation to track cleaning activities and UVC device usage to identify areas for improvement.
Collaboration with Internal Teams:
  • Foster collaboration between the environmental services team and other internal teams and departments.
  • Ensure a coordinated approach to address emerging microorganisms and threats to health care cleanliness.
Promote a Culture of Safety:
  • Emphasize the importance of cleaning and disinfection as part of a broader culture of safety within the healthcare facility.
  • Make sure staff is trained on proper use of products and technologies to mitigate risk of injury.
Patient and Staff Education:
  • Educate patients and staff about the importance of disinfection and cleanliness.
  • Provide resources and information on the protocols your facility has in please to ensure proper disinfection.

By incorporating these strategies, health care facilities can create a robust framework for maintaining a clean environment. To learn more about how the Tru-D iQ system can complement your disinfection program, click here.

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