The pandemic highlighted the importance of cleanliness in medical facilities. These healthcare spaces provide specialized healthcare services and treatment, while also combating the spread of infection.
Between operating rooms and waiting rooms, hospitals can be a hotbed for contamination. Patients are at risk for several hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) if proper sanitation measures are not a priority.
According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Healthcare-associated infections (HAI) are a significant burden globally, with millions of patients affected each year. These infections affect both high- and limited-resource healthcare settings, but in limited-resource settings, rates are approximately twice as high (15 out of every 100 patients versus 7 out of every 100 patients).”
Infections are easily spread from patients to staff to surface areas and so forth. As a result, hospitalized patients are more prone to infections versus those outpatients who come for short visits. And, as we have learned from the pandemic, immunocompromised patients are much more prone to infection.
Hospital Cleanliness Can Help Save Lives
How can hospitals, clinics, offices and other medical facilities protect the health and safety of their patients? Medical experts agree that high-level facility cleaning services are a must.
Says the CDC, “It is well documented that environmental contamination in healthcare settings plays a role in the transmission of HAIs. Therefore, environmental cleaning is a fundamental intervention for infection prevention and control.”
In addition to meeting environmental cleaning standards, upholding a professionally maintained appearance and keeping staff, employees and guests safe, keeping healthcare settings meticulously clean is responsible business practice.
The benefits of outsourcing medical commercial cleaning to ABS
To uphold proper cleanliness standards, it is generally more advantageous to outsource the cleaning to a professional cleaning company, especially one that specializes in commercial medical spaces.
Here are just a few reasons why hiring our commercial cleaning company is smart business practice:
1. Save money!
Earmarking part of your budget to hire an outside company will actually save you money in the long run. Here at ABS, we work closely with our clients to develop a regular cleaning schedule, which allows for more flexible rates for the services we provide. And, because we are so efficient, we can get the job done in a shorter amount of time!
Additionally, instead of employing a regular wage employee on your team, by outsourcing your cleaning to an outside company, you save money by not having overhead costs such as training, onboarding, benefits, uniforms, etc.
2. Expect exceptional cleaning results.
Our team here at ABS is highly trained and skilled in all facets of cleaning medical facilities. We have the knowledge and experience around the chemicals, processes and technologies to make your space shine from the inside out. We specialize in everything from COVID-19 disinfection and floor care to windows and carpet cleaning.
If you want superior results, reach out to the experts!
3. Your time is valuable.
When operating a business, time is one of your most valuable assets. Cleaning and maintenance are laborious and time consuming, so why not hire the professionals to do the dirty work?
Professionals are professionals for a reason, and outsourcing these activities will allow you to focus on the many other things that need your attention.
4. Make Your Life Easier.
We pride ourselves on making the lives of our partners easier…and more clean! Count on the trusted, dedicated, and professional team here at ABS to ensure that your medical space is one to be proud of.
From emergencies to developing a regular cleaning schedule, you can rest assured that your cleaning needs will efficiently be covered.
Here are a few ways we can help your medical facility:
- Complete a comprehensive walkthrough and evaluation of your healthcare space to ensure that all areas are tended to and maintained
- Develop a high-level cleaning program and schedule adhering to CDC guidelines and best practices, including the use of the best cleaning agents and wearing proper safety equipment while working
- Provide solutions and strategies for building maintenance – cleanliness is critical, but so is the vitality and safety of your facility!
Non-medical medical spaces that need attention
As cleaning experts, we specialize in ALL areas of a medical facility. While there are the obvious locations in a medical facility that require routine commercial cleaning services such as operating rooms, medical equipment areas and laboratories, there are many other spaces that need regular attention.
These spaces include:
Cafeterias & kitchens:
Sanitation and disinfection is absolutely crucial in areas with food handling, preparation and storage. Not only do cleanliness considerations matter in these areas, but food safety as well. In these high traffic areas, special attention should be paid to the disposal of waste, kitchen equipment maintenance and tables/gathering spots. Plus, ask any professional in the food industry and they will tell you that cleanliness is by far the most important factor in running a successful kitchen.
Lobbies & waiting rooms
Visitors spend much time in the lobbies and waiting rooms of medical facilities. Whether a busy hospital or small doctor’s office, hundreds of people may walk through common spaces on a daily basis, which means that cleanliness is a non-negotiable. Appearance matters, so extra attention should be placed on ensuring floors, furniture, windows, light fixtures, tables, etc. are not only immaculate, but disinfected.
Don’t neglect these small, yet highly trafficked spaces! Studies have shown that elevators are among the most germ-laden public places. Elevator buttons in particular are full of germs and must be cleaned and disinfected routinely every day.
Perhaps one of the busiest areas of a medical facility is reception, where patients and staff typically gather. The hub for paperwork and information exchanges is also full of high touch everyday items like clipboards, office supplies, phones and other equipment frequently passed around by administrators, staff, doctors, nurses and technicians. Keeping these open areas, along with the items found within these spaces, will help slow the spread of germs, and keep your facility and its inhabitants safe.
For those patients that are spending the night at the hospital, their rooms require proper attention. Doctors, nurses, other medical staff and visitors frequent these rooms, and because patients spend so much time there, it is crucial that the bathroom, all surfaces and other items such as the TV, remote control, phone, call buttons, bed frame, bed rails, etc. are uncontaminated and free from disease-causing bacteria.
Restroom cleanliness is vital to public health, especially in a healthcare setting. Whether in a patient’s room or somewhere with lots of foot traffic like the lobby, the chances for contamination are higher in bathrooms. Public restrooms can never be too clean and require diligent and frequent commercial cleaning. Industrial grade cleaning and disinfecting products must be used and special attention must be paid to floors, toilets, sinks, counters, as well as to high touch surfaces like doorknobs, handles and light switches.
ABS is here for all your commercial healthcare cleaning needs!
It didn’t take a global pandemic for Advance Building Solutions-Corporate Building Solutions to step up our medical facility cleaning services game. We’ve been innovators in the health care cleaning space for over five decades! The most reputable hospitals, clinics, offices, and other medical facilities in the Northeast have relied on our highly trained team to keep their spaces in impeccable shape.
Our team is dependable, highly trained, experienced and professional, but most importantly, we care about our customers. We work tirelessly to provide the cleaning and maintenance results you deserve.
Being in the medical industry means taking on a lot of responsibility for your patients and their safety. A big part of this is ensuring that the areas where they receive care are taken care of too. No matter your needs, we have the solutions, expertise and experience to professionally handle all the areas in your healthcare facility.
Connect with us today and let’s schedule a complimentary walkthrough and assessment of your facility. We do all the dirty work so that you can focus on providing your patients with top level medical care!