Environmental Services - February 2016

Environmental services team leading infection battle

Housekeeping is one of those routine amenities people may not notice — unless it was missing


Wisconsin hospitals' best-rated rooms

Eight hospitals were recognized by patients for having the cleanest rooms


Boosting healthcare facility cleaning best practices

Cleaning professionals have a number of training opportunities and educational resources available


Developing an environmental services department budget

The most critical element is alignment with the vision of the healthcare facility


Preparing for infectious disease patients

White paper offers ideas on developing operational and facility responses for both emergency room intake and patient care biocontainment units, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Staff training, retention key for environmental services

Pressures to reduce costs and staff turnover are among the biggest issues affecting the professional housekeeping/cleaning sector, especially within the healthcare sector, according to an article on the Long-term Living website


Boosting infection control efforts in outpatient facilities

A survey by Outpatient Surgery Magazine polled 140 surgical facility managers on their top infection control products


Environmental services managers says they are pressured to reduce labor

Cleaning professionals survey says more respondents feel recession is over


Central line-associated infection control environmental cleaning

Infographic to raise awareness for CLABSIs and promote practices to improve patient outcomes


Quaternary ammonium chloride and its advantages in healthcare facilities

Products typically offer broad-spectrum efficacy and do not have the unpleasant odor of oxidizing-based products


Reusable mattress covers cut infection rates at healthcare facilities

The study compared instances of Clostridium difficile (C. diff) by comparing infection rates


Understanding the true cost of HAIs

Due to the lack of reimbursement for HAI-related care, these infections cause major financial losses for hospitals


Poor infection control practices linked to rise of hepatitis C among dialysis patients

Lapses in infection control procedures — including cleaning and disinfection, and hand hygiene — were common at the affected clinics



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