CREATING AN URGENT CARE CLEANING CHECKLIST
As a care facility owner/manager, keeping the quality assurance up to the standards is strictly dependent upon the quality of the standard operating procedures and common practices of the company.
A cleaning checklist should ideally follow the code of conduct set out by the Health and sanitation department while simultaneously maintaining customer satisfaction.
When it comes to the assuring proper care cleaning service, you ought to take no chances. Take note of these tips from the Bay cleaning experts to improve and implement an effective and actionable checklist in your care facility system.
How Urgent Care Cleaning Procedures Differ From Other Healthcare Facilities
Most Hospitals are well equipped with basic facilities like emergency wards, labs, and acute medical care and surgery rooms thus, obliged to follow a certain cleaning protocol. Conversely, an urgent care facility offers routine, non-emergency services and intensive medical assistance but aren’t equipped with operating rooms. The fast-paced work nature of urgent care facilities demand a more strategic, thorough and quick cleaning process thereby, making both places subject to different procedures of disinfecting altogether.
The Importance of Comprehensive, Urgent Care Cleaning
Patients are constantly at a risk of being exposed to Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) while being treated for a different disease/condition. Although HAIs could happen to anyone at any given healthcare center, but central and high-traffic bearing healthcare facilities are more vulnerable. About one in 31 patients is at risk of having at least one HAI on any given day. These infections lead to losing thousands of lives each year.
The prime cause of the transmission of many HAIs pertains to the contamination of high-touch surfaces and medical equipment like operation gowns, instruments for oral diagnosis for example thermometers, dental probe etc. It’s evident that optimized cleaning, disinfecting and sterilization would lead to a notable decline in the outspread of diseases and infections, the department of health and sanitation continually urges all medical facilities to implement respective cleaning protocols.
Considerations for Creating Your Urgent Care Cleaning Checklist
Take an objective tour of your entire location and deduce how clean/unsanitary your facility is. When was the last time your urgent care center was thoroughly cleaned, sterilized and/or fumigated. Are the basic cleaning measures taken into account by your staff? For example, are gloves and wipes being used? Are bed linen and surgical clothing being regularly changed and sent to laundry? Are the counters and cabinets clean and insect-free? Is the janitorial store stacked top-quality, high-performing cleaning supplies and disinfectants?
Once you have deduced where the facility stands on the level of sanitization, consider what possible actions you could take for a safer, healthier environment for all staff and patients.
Areas, instruments and supplies that require regular, weekly or fortnight cleaning should be delegated ahead to a trusted source. Things that come in close and continual human contact should be thoroughly cleaned such as door handles, bathrooms (specifically toilet seats and taps), bed linen etc. should be disinfected after each patient is discharged. Some tasks like the interior cleaning of cabinets and shelves may not be a prime concern, but are neither, in any way negligible. Such tasks could be handled on a quarterly basis, and there may be emergency cleaning needs that arise on demand. Regardless of what your cleaning checklist entails, your primary goal should be to reduce the spread of HAIs.
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With years of hands-on experience, we have the knowledge, tools and innovative technologies to help keep your facility healthy. Call or email us today to learn more about our healthcare cleaning services.