Environmental Services - January 2014

Education key for ES technicians

Knowledge about infection containment solutions will help workers become advocates for their own safety


It's not about dirt: Dealing with non-soiling issues in carpet care

Apparent soiling and denting can't be cleaned but can be fixed


Are your patient pillows clean?

One hospital study found that the patient-ready, decontaminated reusable vinyl covered pillows were contaminated with pathogenic bacteria


Quality assurance program key to environmental services

New tools and devices, including simulation training, are available to improve the quality of healthcare services


Improving speech privacy and noise control for healthcare

Noise can actually harm patients by elevating heart rate and blood pressure. Noise prevents patients from getting the rest they need, weakening the immune system and leading to problems during the day such as agitation, delirium and decreased tolerance to pain


Squashing bedbug myths

Inaccurate information infestations follow tales of bedbugs


Listen to podcast on disinfecting soft surfaces

Disinfecting soft, non-launderable surfaces such as upholstery, carpeting and draperies one of trickiest cleaning obstacles


NIOSH launches web page with cleaning resources

Site describes hazards associated with common cleaning tasks, including those performed in healthcare facilities.


Bacteria survives on toys, books, cribs for longer than expected

Study suggests additional precautions may be needed especially in hospitals, daycare centers


Bristol Children's Hospital ordered to improve cleanliness after inspection

The Care Quality Commission found that poor hygiene in the UK hospital's operating department were increasing the risk of infection



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