Medical facilities require extra care and handling when it comes to their professional cleaning services. In addition to the need to meet OSHA standards and HIPPA requirements, medical facilities must ensure that the commercial cleaning company they hire can also meet the standards and regulations recommended by the CDC to ensure that the facility maintains a low risk of spreading or exposing patients and healthcare workers to bacteria and disease.
Five of the top strategies recommended by the CDC are:
- Proper maintenance of all medical equipment.
- Appropriate use of cleaners and disinfectants.
- Immediate action against any water -intrusion into the facility.
- Strict adherence to water-quality standards for Hemodialysis (Kidney Dialysis).
- Strict adherence to ventilation standards for “Special Care Environments” (e.g. operating rooms, isolation rooms, etc.)
The goal of these CDC recommendations helps medical facilities to ensure that they take the proper measure to reduce the risk or prevent the spread of infections associated with water, air, or other environmental elements. These standards are recommended for all medical facilities that may provide any type of health care, including: hospitals, walk-in clinics, urgent care clinics, outpatient surgical centers, skilled nursing facilities, and physicians’ offices.
Other guidelines set forth by the CDC for proper facility maintenance include:
- Using proven cleaning and disinfecting products and strategies, especially in respect to antibiotic resistant microorganisms.
- Properly handling, transporting, storing, and destroying medical waste.
- Thoroughly clean and disinfect carpeting and cloth furniture in addition to hard surface cleaning.
- Paying special attention to detail in facilities that care for immunocompromised patients.
- Special care of ventilation and water systems in order to ensure Infection control.
- Proper handling and cleaning of blood or bodily fluid spills.
- Infection controlled laundry and bedding services.
Cleaning Consultants of America take great care and pride in our management of medical facilities. We strive to always fulfill the recommendations provided by the CDC in order to reduce the exposure of patients and health care workers to environmental and airborne pathogens. We have experience maintaining the following types of medical facilities:
• Outpatient Surgical Centers
• Urgent Care and Walk-In Clinics
• Physicians’ Offices
• Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities
• Dental Offices and Vision Centers