When it comes to your medical facility cleaning services, it is imperative that you properly vet any company you may be considering to hire. With increased concerns with HAI’s (Healthcare-Associated Infection’s), it is of utmost importance that the cleaning of your medical facility is being done by a company that knows what it is doing. A company that has hired and trained individuals in all aspects of medical facility cleaning, including those of bloodborne pathogens, hand washing procedures and hygiene, cross-contamination, and the current HIPAA laws in respect to cleanliness.
When considering a cleaning company for your medical facility cleaning needs, it is important to keep in mind that not just any cleaning company will get the job done. With most commercial cleaning companies, the budget looks goods because they are more concerned with the appearance of cleanliness. In the case of medical facility cleaning, this needs to be taken a step further. The companies cleaning staff needs to be vetted and trained to perform the cleaning up to protocol and procedural levels. When vetted, most employees should have passed both a drug test and a background check.
A clean environment is the driving force here, so that anyone who may come in contact with it, including patients, staff and visitors will had peace of mind that the medical facility they are in has been properly disinfected and sanitized. When deciding on a company to provide your medical facility cleaning services, there are a few questions to keep in mind that you should ask.
Does the company have a reliable documented history of their employee screening procedure? This is one of the most important questions you can ask, as a fully vetted employee should have passed both a drug testing and a criminal background check.
Does the company do ongoing infection control risk assessments? This is a series of tests that determine if the cleaning throughout the medical facility is being done up to standards for various areas such as non-critical, critical, and high touch surfaces.
Does the cleaning company implement the crucial elements in HAI reduction? These include the proper products to use, the proper procedures to follow and finally the proof of validation of compliance.
Does the company have a discharge cleaning process in place? This is a method by which when a patient is discharged from the facility, the room they were in must be properly disinfected and sterilized before it can be used by another patient.
Does the company train their employees in being respectful of patients when they enter the room to clean? It is important that the medical facility cleaning employees know that it is not just their job to disinfect and sterilize a patients room, but to engage with the patient as well.
When considering a company for your medical facility cleaning, you are the only thing that stands between a job just done, or a job is done to needed specifications. In the long run, not only will you have the peace of mind that your facility is clean and safe, but you will know that your staff, patients, and a visitor will benefit from your due diligence.