Good housekeeping and thorough cleaning practices are essential for keeping patients and staff safe in hospitals. Hiring a professional specialist cleaning service with experience working in clinical settings is the best way of ensuring the job is done right. Below are some of the key services professional cleaners provide for hospitals.
Thorough cleaning and disinfecting
Proper hospital cleaning procedures ensure that every surface is disinfected, depriving germs and bacteria of a home and preventing them from contaminating clothes and equipment. Cleaners need to know what disinfectants and cleaning utensils to use to accomplish this. Specialist cleaners will know which tools to use for the job.
Appropriate use of PPE
Even in the pre-Covid world, all hospital staff needed to use suitable personal protective equipment. Since Covid arrived on the scene, this has become even more important. Experienced hospital cleaners will already be familiar with the available PPE options and how to use them to keep themselves and those around them safe.
Prioritising high-touch surfaces
Cleaners need to cover every possible surface in a hospital to ensure there are no forgotten areas where pathogens could potentially accumulate. However, some surfaces, particularly high-touch surfaces that patients and staff touch more than others throughout the day, require more attention. Professional contract cleaners working in hospitals will know to hone in on these surfaces and ensure they get the attention they need.
Starting with the cleanest areas first
A common mistake among less experienced hospital cleaners is first to begin cleaning the dirtiest areas before moving to cleaner zones. This approach can cause problems because it increases the chances of inadvertently spreading pathogens from the dirtier areas. This rule also applies to patients’ rooms; cleaning should begin with the lowest-risk patient’s rooms and end with those who are more infectious or ill.
Throughout their work, hospital cleaners need to be mindful of potential cross-contamination. To minimise the risk of cross-contamination, cleaners need to consider their workflow and make sure contaminants are isolated and disposed of as soon as possible.
Hiring experienced contract cleaners who understand the unique challenges involved in cleaning hospitals ensures the best service possible and minimises the risks associated with cross-contamination and improper disposal. Proper cleaning is essential for keeping hospital environments clean and ensuring the safety of patients and staff. To find out more about our professional hospital cleaning services, get in touch today.