Preventing Healthcare Associated Infections With Commercial Cleaning
Recently, it was found that unsanitary conditions at the Jerry L. Pettis Memorial VA Medical Center in Loma Linda, California were linked to an increase in healthcare associated infections as well as the presence of Legionella bacteria in their water system. In an unbelievable case of neglect and inadequate training, the hospital did not have standard operating protocols for cleaning or disinfection, which lead to dirty and unsafe conditions, unkempt facilities, and a rise of C. difficile infections.
Healthcare-associated infections are deadly
According to the Center for Disease Control, healthcare acquired infections caused by bacteria and viruses like C. difficile, E. coli, and MRSA are reported to cause sickness in about 722,000 hospital patients and leads to about 75,000 deaths each year. Legionella is a waterborne bacteria that can cause Legionnaires’ Disease, a potentially deadly disease that causes severe pneumonia. When healthcare facilities fail to have proper cleaning and disinfection protocol, the consequences are serious and can be fatal.
A commercial cleaning company can help
This hospital and other medical facilities could all benefit from having a certified commercial cleaning company like New England Cleaning Services, Inc. take care of all of their cleaning needs. Commercial cleaning companies have the proper training, advanced technology and supplies, and knowledge about HIPAA and OSHA compliance that are standard for all healthcare facilities. Using professional cleaners ensures that hospital facilities are infection-free, which means less risk of sickness for their patients and staff.
New England Cleaning Services, Inc. offers surface cleaning, terminal cleaning in between patients, and operating room cleanings, just to name a few healthcare cleaning services we provide to keep facilities safe and clean. We use advanced green cleaning technology like Tersano’s Stabilized Aqueous Ozone (SAO) to minimize chemicals and water waste, and use no-touch electrostatic disinfection techniques to clean large areas for maximum efficiency. For more information on our disinfection services or to schedule routine cleanings for your commercial facility, contact our Waltham, MA office at (781) 890-2000 today.