How keeping floors clean in hospitals and other healthcare environments can help reduce the spread of infections ?
Successfully achieving certain levels of cleanliness requires an interdisciplinary approach that involves the building design, operational and policy changes, education of personnel, and cultural changes to organisations.”
The fatalistic phrase that nothing in life is certain, except death and taxes is used to demonstrate that some things are simply unavoidable – and regular or occasional contact with healthcare providers is certainly inevitable for us all.
Controlling the spread of infections or viruses is vitally important in many different locations and settings – such as leisure centers and the workplace – but it is even more crucial for healthcare providers. A clean and welcoming environment is also important from an aesthetic point of view, engendering feelings of well-being and trust in people who may be anxious or unwell.
Healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) are infections that develop as a direct result of medical or surgical treatment or contact in a healthcare setting. Healthcare providers can help to prevent the risk of cross infection in a number of ways including:
1) Having a regular programme of infection control education and training for staff
2) Ensuring that infection control practices and standards are being met through a programme of regular checks
3) Keeping the environment clean