Running a hospital smoothly is definitely a challenging task by any standard. But that job becomes even more difficult when you face poor-quality hospital cleaning. Some hospitals face stiff challenges in maintaining high levels of cleanliness. The problem becomes even more prominent when one is faced with a budget crunch.
While working under financial constraints hospital or medical office cleaning contractors are hardly left with any better option other than cutting down on manpower and time.
But low-quality cleaning invariably leads to a number of severe issues in any hospital or medical facility centre.
Infections acquired in the hospital go on the rise
Research confirms poor-quality hospital cleaning in the UK leads to hospital-acquired infections or HIA outbreaks. These outbreaks raise the chances of spreading diseases like MRSA and C Difficile. An HIA outbreak takes place when a person walks into a poorly cleaned hospital for any surgery or treatment. They easily contract an infection or the other while they were in the hospital.
It is important to mention here that both MRSA and C Difficile are strongly resistant to drugs. That is why they are also hard to treat. These infections often prove severe for medically weak and fragile patients putting their health – and even life – in great danger.
Technological improvement is not sufficient in hospital cleaning
Technology is evolving fast to bridge this gap. Some of the technologies have already reached the market. Some hospitals use robots to clean and sterilise hospital rooms after a patient has left. If you think this automation approach is sufficient to address the problem then you must think again. Moreover, there are other overheads to consider in this cleaning procedure.
Hospital cleaning robots are cylindrical in shape. They are wheeled into an empty room, which is already cleaned and sanitised. The length and breadth of the room are fed into their programme. When they are activated, they emit UV rays to eradicate germs and other harmful microorganisms present in the room.
This automation procedure takes anywhere between 10 to 20 minutes to ‘clean’ a room. This range of hospital cleaning robots is not yet available for every hospital nor can every hospital afford them financially.
Definitely there are certain things that can be done in the meanwhile to bolster cleanliness in any hospital.
Preventing HIAs from spreading
In-depth studies confirm certain tasks that hospital cleaning contractors emphasise upon prove effective in preventing spreading of HIAs. Hospitals authorities may press on cleaning the floors to get patients to believe the hospital is clean and hygienically sound. But in order to actually safeguard patients from HIAs, it is more important that high touch areas like doors, banisters, countertops and medical equipment like pulse Oximeter be frequently cleaned. This approach proves more helpful in keeping HIAs at bay.
Most hospitals usually clean a patient’s room only once a day. Studies reveal this is not sufficient to stop the spreading of germs and diseases. Consider the following factors:
- The type of treatment being carried out in a patient’s room and
- The number of people walking into it daily
These are two crucial factors based on which the right number of cleaning in a day should be determined to prevent the spreading of HIAs.
Highest level of cleaning tips at hospitals
Here are some useful tips for hospital cleaning contractors to ensure the highest level of cleaning at hospitals.
- Instruct your cleaners to switch gloves when going to a different cleaning area, even if it is within the same room.
- Special focus must be given on high touch areas while cleaning.
- Equipment that is used in multiple rooms across a hospital is a part and parcel of the high touch area.
- Cleaner areas should be cleaned first gradually moving to dirty areas.
- Every effort must be made to avoid or prevent cross-contamination.
- Avoid wiping down different patient rooms with the same rag.
- Be particular about changing mops, buckets, and water every single time.
Hospital cleaning is a time-consuming job. These days the Internet enables patients to go online and perform consumer research on cleaning records of a hospital.
If your hospital has a negative reputation for cleanliness and there are frequent HIA outbreaks, patients may choose to go to another hospital to get the necessary medical care and treatment.
To cut a long story short, patient footfall in any hospital can be severely affected if the medical office cleaning contractor fails providing quality service. Whatever may be the circumstances, cleaning services at a hospital have to be on par with that of other hospitals to stay relevant in competition.
Quadrant A1 Cleaning Services, located at Dover Street, is a reliable name in hospital cleaning across London. Please feel free to contact us to ensure proper hygiene and cleanliness in your hospital. We stay open from Monday to Friday from 8 am to 5:30 pm.