Environmental Services - July 2014

Hospital housekeeping best practices

Infection prevention and operational efficiency can both be accomplished with a clear protocol


Hospital elevator button called bacterial hotspot

Study says hospital elevator buttons were dirtier than toilet surfaces


Bed bugs force hospital waiting room to close

Cleaning crews at a Springfield, Mo., hospital found the bed bugs while people were in the waiting room and immediately closed the area


Trendy flooring choices are often wax-free

The elimination of wax and wax-stripping products is better for indoor air quality and minimizes downtime for patient rooms


Annapolis medical center will stop hiring smokers in July 2015

Anne Arundel Medical Center has banned all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes on its campus


Nineteenth century heating system relevant to healthcare facilities today

A summer day-trip to a historial building leads to an exploration of healthcare heating systems in a blog by Krista Biason on the HGA website


Toilets major source of contamination in healthcare

Study says areas around hospital toilets were more likely to test positive for viruses and bacteria than areas around office toilets



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