Having a good nursing facility cleaning strategy is vital to the well-being and health of your nurses, staff and patients. It is estimated that over one million infections and over ninety thousand deaths occur each year because of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). When your facility is professionally cleaned and maintained it will reduce the chances of transmission of germs and disease that may potentially cause your nursing staff to become overtaxed.
The various strategies to keep your facility clean should be familiar to the company you are hiring. This, in turn, will create a safe and clean work environment for your staff and a healthy nursing environment for patients.
Here are some tasks that are mission-critical to keeping your facility clean and safe:
Washing Your Hands Often
Proper hand hygiene is at the forefront of keeping germs at bay for everyone, including your visitors. The practice of washing your hands or using hand sanitizer before and after every interaction with patients and or possible contaminated surfaces will help to keep everyone involved safe. It is a standard precaution to eliminate the transmission of pathogens.
Barriers? What are those?
Barriers are a sound way to help prevent the spread of infection. Gloves, masks, eye protection and proper medical gowns create a barrier between the nurse and patient or the patient and a visitor. Educate family members who think they may be sick to wear a mask and prevent passing the illness onto a patient who may be immune compromised.
Cleaning and disinfecting is a necessity
Use the proper cleaning and disinfecting techniques when necessary. Be sure that your nursing facility has the correct cleaning and disinfecting supplies in areas where they will be needed. Spills and accidents may happen, however being prepared for these moments will limit the amount of contamination and help to keep your staff and patients healthy. Your nursing facility will be better equipped by posting the necessary procedures on how to deal with possible contamination of pathogens.
Do you understand all of your patient’s needs?
Assess patients to determine if there will be a special need for any additional precautions. Patients with a high fall risk or patients who require special medical equipment may also have a higher biohazard spill risk. Speak with family members and address their concerns as well to be sure that you have covered all possible risks. Make sure each patients room is equipped to handle such a spill and there are notifications to incoming staff regarding the risk.
Plan, plan and plan some more
Have a sound and well-practiced plan. It is vital that your nursing facility has a plan of action to prevent the spread of infection. Every staff member should be educated and have access to the policies and procedures regarding the prevention of spreading an illness or disease.
Share the plan with your patients and any visiting family members. By working as a team, the patient, family members and staff will be able to keep the risk of infection low and help to create a positive healthy environment for everyone in the nursing facility. Encourage patients and family members to notify staff of any hazardous spills so the spill can be addressed as soon as possible.
Education is important to help keep staff, patients and visitors healthy and by doing so you are creating a safer work environment and a better quality of life.
- Proper hand washing.
- Use barriers to prevent infection.
- Have the proper/required cleaning supplies on hand.
- Assess patients for risk.
- Make a plan for nursing facility cleaning strategies.
- Educate and share the plan with staff, patients, and visitors.
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