by Anita Ginsburg
Maintaining a clean and sanitary healthcare facility is vital, both for the patients being treated there and the medical professionals working. If the facility is not as clean as possible, patients and employees alike can suffer from illness thanks to the high volume of bacteria around them, which impedes both your professionals’ ability to work and your patients’ healing.
Even clean medical establishments should always be looking to improve in terms of sanitization. The following tips can help industry professionals protect and promote the health and wellbeing of employees and patients.
Bacteria builds up in public spaces and on public objects, especially in the fall and winter months. Doctors and other health experts have stated many times that disinfecting these public spaces and objects—waiting rooms, bathrooms, doorknobs—will minimize the chances of sickness spreading. Healthcare facilities’ cleanliness can be improved by diligently cleaning surfaces with antibacterial wipes and sprays.
Encourage Sick Employees to Stay Home
The urge to power through an illness and go to work is commendable, but doing so will only compromise the cleanliness of a facility and make things more dangerous for coworkers and patients. Those who are in charge of medical facilities should make clear to employees that it’s better to stay home and heal than it is to work while ill.
Utilize and Maintain an Industrial Boiler
Industrial boilers play a crucial part in the day-to-day operation of healthcare facilities. Along with heating the buildings, providing hot water to the kitchens and laundry rooms and maintaining ideal humidity levels, boilers are essential for sterilization. All instruments that come into contact with patients must be sterile, especially surgery equipment. Boilers pump the steam that aids in cleaning that equipment. Keeping your facilities’ boilers operating at peak efficiency will help keep your whole facility running smoothly.
Place Reminders around the Facility
While most people know about healthy habits, they often forget and fail to keep these habits in the midst of the average day’s hustle and bustle. Placing reminders around the facility helps to remind visitors, patients, and even professionals to keep these habits in mind, especially while in your facility.
Waiting room signs can remind visitors to cover their mouths while sneezing, and bathroom signs can remind people to wash their hands thoroughly. Hand sanitizer stations can also go a long way towards making a facility as clean as possible.
Anita Ginsburg is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University, and now writes articles about about health, business, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn’t writing.
Disclaimer: The viewpoint expressed in this article is the opinion of the author and is not necessarily the viewpoint of the owners or employees at Healthcare Staffing Innovations, LLC.