According to the Center for Disease Control(CDC), one in 25 patients have to deal with a hospital-acquired infection or HAIs. HAIs can cause permanent damage to a patient’s health, lead to high health care costs as well as give your hospital a bad reputation. To limit patients’ exposure to dangerous pathogens, it is important that your facility is following proper infection prevention practices. These simple to follow tips can help you implement an effective infection prevention procedure.
Follow proper hand hygiene
Staff members should be required to wash hands before and after treating each patient. Additionally, they should be encouraged to use hand sanitizers frequently.
Follow airborne precautions
Isolation precautions should be employed to avoid any airborne infections.
Maintain good environmental hygiene
High contact equipment such as computers, phones, nurse stations and any surface that patients might come in contact with should be thoroughly cleaned, sanitized and disinfected.
Clean and disinfect medical equipment after use
Hospital-grade disinfectants should be used to get rid of any microorganisms from any and every medical equipment.
Provide Infection control education
Staff members should how to identify common infections and help prevent them from spreading.
Provide Personal Protective Equipment
Personal protective equipment such as waterproof gowns, gloves, shoe covers, face shields, and masks should be used especially when treating a contagious patient.
Change linens daily and when dirty
Linens should be changed daily and also replaced when dirty. They should be cleaned and sanitized in the laundry.
At Service Master Elite Cleaning Service, our staff knows the best practices to follow while cleaning a medical facility including practices for infection control. Contact us today to find out how we can help your infection control and prevention and risk reduction at your healthcare facility.