When it comes to the topic of cleanliness, our homes and our workplaces top the list. However, there is one arena that should come to mind as well, and not come to mind but needs to be double-downed on when it comes to cleanliness. That arena is in health care—hospitals, clinics, and any and all medical settings. It is imperative that your medical office cleaning protocols are strictly adhered to, and a strict schedule set that is kept to. By being ever vigilant, your actions will go a long way in making sure that infections are not permitted to get the upper hand.
The take away of it is that patients, no matter how they are exposed to a medical type setting, and no matter for how long, are the most susceptible to the possibility of falling victim to infections. And it doesn’t stop with patients, as those very individuals who work to keep their patients safe and healthy are, to some extent, vulnerable as well.
It is important to keep in mind that the overall cleanliness of your medical or health care facility will correlate directly to the number of infections that may result. These types of infections that are based in the medical arena are referred to in a broad term of healthcare-associated infections, or as they are commonly known HCAI’s. The most effective manner of keeping these same HCAI’s under control is through the cleanliness of your facility.
One of the, if you could call it, milder HCAI’s is that Chlostridloides difficult, or better known as C.diff. This infection presents with mainly intestinal symptoms such as colon inflammation that may lead to diarrhea. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that C.diff is acquired by as many as half a million individuals each year. Of those same half a million individuals, one out of six of them reportedly contract the infection a second time in the subsequent span of two to eight weeks.
Although C.diff, for the most part, is not deadly, there is no denying the fact that it is an infection that is very uncomfortable when contracted. In most individuals who contract the infection, the result is more of an inconvenience than mortality based. The infection can be avoided and mitigated when you make sure your facility has the proper protocols in place and adheres to them.
MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus)
This is one infection that most have at one time, or another heard of. The infection itself presents through a staph infection that has, through the years, built up a pretty strong resistance. Most of the currently prescribed and used antibiotics are no match for combating or treating this nasty infection.
For the most part, MRSA is seen in those who have recently experienced a stay in the hospital or similar medical care facility. It can also present itself in those individuals who have been in a nursing home or have been treated for dialysis. Some invasive surgeries can also result in the contraction of MRSA.
For those who are relatively healthy, MRSA will simply present as an irritating skin rash. However, in individuals with any form of compromised immune systems, MRSA can pose to be more problematic and can result in infection in the bloodstream or the lungs.
Providers of Health Care
Although the above-mentioned infections and their contractions directly correlate to your facility’s cleanliness, the next factor goes a little beyond that. This factor relies on both the individual as well as the cleanliness of the facility—and that is your doctors and health care providers.
Four of the ten healthcare workers, in a recent survey, admitted that they have and do come to work even if they are sick and not feeling well. When they do this, they are putting the patients they come in contact with at risk for infection. Those same patients are reportedly five times more susceptible to contracting one or more HCAI’s through this exposure.
It is admittedly impossible to get the possibility of contraction down to 0%, but you can get as close as possible by making sure your facility is maintained as clean as possible. By being diligent in your cleanliness, you can assure the significant reduction in the possible contraction of infections.
Proper medical office cleaning can go a long way to ensuring that your patients and your staff are better protection against the common infections that may occur in a medical arena setting.