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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.