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We used to take cleanliness in hospitals and healthcare facilities
for granted. The sight of a gleaming corridor floor and occasional
cleaner’s trolley would be enough to reassure us we were in a safe
and healthy environment. But amid regular reports of viral outbreaks
and antibiotic-resistant infections, health experts and the public now
recognise that highly effective cleaning is essential in combating
bacterial contamination as well as preserving a pristine appearance.
To achieve this, the cleaning regime in a healthcare setting needs to
be tightly specified yet flexible. Where traffic and risk are high – such
as accident and emergency and operating theatres – cleaning will be
more intense and needs to be repeated up to several times daily. In
other areas – such as wards, out-patient clinics, discharge lounges,
canteens and bathrooms – the cleaning schedules will need to reflect
patterns of use. Responsive, spot-cleaning may be essential throughout
the building to respond to spillages and emergencies.
Similarly, the choice of cleaning methods and equipment should
take account of risk, traffic and the surfaces to be maintained.
Impervious, smooth and seamless flooring is the norm in modern
facilities, which also often boast slip-resistant surfacing. Wooden
floors and tiles with grout lines pose a greater cleaning challenge
as soiled material can accumulate in crevices, providing a home for
microbes and pathogens.
Carpets are not recommended for clinical areas as they are
extremely difficult to disinfect when soiled by bodily fluids. However,
carpets do help to give other settings a homely feel, whether it’s a
consulting or counseling suite, or family/visitor rooms. A planned
maintenance and cleaning program will manage them effectively,
safeguarding hygiene and extending the life of the floor covering.
While daily vacuuming may be the norm for carpeted areas, there is
a risk of re-circulating micro-organisms into the atmosphere. This is
addressed by using machines equipped with separate ducted systems
or fitted with HEPA-standard filters.
Regular deep cleaning is also essential and steam cleaning is
recommended in healthcare setting for sanitising carpets and other
surfaces. Modern machines, which use ‘dry’ steam vapour, are highly
efficient, compact, manoeuvrable and easy to operate. They are also
quiet, so disturbance to patients and visitors is minimised.
Microbiological testing has proven that the most effective steam
cleaners can remove 99 percent of the most virulent organisms that
cause healthcare-associated infections such as MRSA and Clostridium
difficile, as well as listeria and salmonella, and other pathogens.
A great advantage is that steam cleaning penetrates to the deepest pores
of the polluted surface. Accessories extend this cleaning solution to hard-to-
reach areas, upholstery, glass and other surfaces. There are environmental
(and health) benefits too as the usage of chemical determents is slashed and
water consumption is low, given the machines’ efficiency.
Steam cleaning fits well within a healthcare cleaning regime alongside
other cleaning methods. The most cost-effective combination will
depend on the mix of floor types, and the size of the areas involved.
Hand mopping is too labour-intensive for large areas and, even with
microfibre mops, leaves bacterial contamination behind in an environment
where hygiene is at a premium. Automation is not only more efficient, the
right machine will deliver far higher standards of hygiene.
Scrubber-dryers provide continuous pressure and agitation via their
cleaning brushes to clean a variety of floor surfaces thoroughly. They
achieve this without causing friction that can damage safety flooring, and
they can also wash, scrub and dry low-pile carpets, tiles and escalators.
Modern scrubber-dryers have counter-rotating brushes that remove
grime in the grouting lines of tiled floors. Again, their high efficiency
reduces water and chemical usage. The ability to leave a floor
virtually dry in one pass is also a major benefit in an intensively used
healthcare setting where wet floors pose a serious safety hazard to
patients, visitors and staff.
Like hospital staff cleaning teams need to be trained in procedures to
avoid cross-contamination. These should include colour-coding of brushes
and other cleaning materials to denote different areas such as washrooms,
kitchens and operating theatres. Polypropylene brushes are easy to disinfect
compared with natural fibres. Soiled microfibre cloths must be washed at
high temperatures to destroy the bacteria they collect and their re-use must
be limited so their absorbent power is not compromised.
Good practice and advanced cleaning equipment are central to
the ongoing drive by healthcare management and staff to provide a
healthy and hygienic environment for patients.
John Parker, marketing director
of Alphaclean, considers the top-end
machines and equipment to be considered
when for mulating a healthy and hygienic
cleaning regime in healthcare settings.
Good practice and advanced equipment are critical
in providing hygienic environments in healthcare
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