No one likes the idea of cutting costs to lessen the burden of rising prices. And no more so than in a setting that could affect the proper care of those sick and needing treatment. However, even hospitals face such dilemmas when it comes to their medical facility cleaning services. It is when the hospital begins such cuts that those areas that are affected first are more often than not infection control and cleaning services. What needs to be considered in each and every case are the inherent dangers that are presented with low-quality hospital cleaning.
The first and foremost area to consider is that of your patients, staff, and visitors safety. HIA’s (Hospital Associated Infections), having been confirmed through many reports recently, are on a drastic increase across most of North America but more so in the United States. These increases can be traced back to cuts that involved the medical facility cleaning services. In multiple studies, an evaluation was conducted worldwide, examining environmental cleaning procedures that were used in hospital rooms. What was taken away from the reviews was that when cleaning procedures and protocols were not executed correctly, more often than not there was an increases presence and survival of MDRO’s (multi-drug resistant organism’s). These results went to show and prove that not only better protocols were needing to be put into place, but more regular room cleanings were required to be made as well. Both of these adjustments would further aid in the continual effort of keeping the spread of MDRO’s from spreading and kept at bay.
Keeping in mind that when patients, staff and visitors safety is involved or has been affected, there are the legal issues and actions that may ensue. The insufficient cleaning of a hospital environment will only serve to allow infection and organisms, that can in some cases prove extremely fatal, run rampant and get out of control. If left unchecked, these same infections and organisms can lead to a massive increase in illnesses and in some cases fatalities as well. When legalities are involved, the lawyers will need something to point the finger at, and that will be the medical facility cleaning services.
Your medical facility cleaning service is a crucial cog in the efficient and safe operation of any hospital. It is for this reason that the protocols and procedures set down to prevent low-quality cleaning must be followed. Your patients, staff, and visitors are counting on hospitals to be a place for the betterment of their health, and as such can mean the difference between life and death.