Environmental Services - March 2013

Environmental services instrumental in combating C. diff in hospital

Environmental cleaning practices were the most significant factor in cutting a Cincinnati hospital's Clostridium difficile (C. diff) incidence rate in half over six months.

3/27/2013


Healthcare association offers review of EVS training programs

Educational institutions, consultants and healthcare organizations with their own in-house training can submit training and educational materials to the AHE for review to earn the Seal of Review and Recognition.

3/22/2013


Hospitals should consider costs, benefits of in-house laundry versus alternatives

Maintaining an on-premises laundry facility can be a costly decision for hospitals. Some situations warrant this cost, but available options in high-volume laundry arrangements means environmental services managers should carefully weigh the costs and benefits of each.

3/20/2013


Green Seal releases new laundry standard for industrial and institutional products

A new Green Seal standard for institutional and industrial laundry products addresses their life cycle impacts.

3/8/2013


Proper floor care can prevent slips and falls in healthcare facilities

While evidence-based design has proven to be a useful tool in accident reductions in healthcare facilities, some suggest ongoing training for environmental services staff on the proper care of floors can also be beneficial to fall prevention programs.

3/7/2013


AHE launches new online training for healthcare environmental services

The Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) of the American Hospital Association has introduced a new education program in collaboration with Clorox Healthcare.

3/4/2013


Free webinar promotes green cleaning programs in healthcare facilities

The Green Cleaning Network will host a free webinar March 6 on "The State of Green Cleaning" at 2 p.m. Eastern.

3/1/2013



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