Environmental Services

COVID-19 Reemphasizes Role of Housekeeping

Hospitals seeking to control the coronavirus and other infections need to remain vigilant in their sanitizing efforts


Virginia Nursing Home Named America’s Best

The facility was honored for its performance data, peer recommendations and its handling of COVID-19


Pandemic Brings Spotlight to Environmental Services

In-house staff needs to be familiar with the most common and highly transmissible and infectious germs found in public spaces


Laundry Workers Confront Risks in Healthcare Facilities

Essential workers keep hospitals and nursing homes running by washing soiled linens, uniforms and gowns


COVID-19 Spotlight Falls on Environmental Services

Vaccine priorities for those who do the humblest work in hospitals filled with COVID-19 patients


Chart Shows Healthcare Workers Most Likely To Be Hospitalized For COVID

Housekeeping and maintenance workers were below those with nursing-related jobs, but above physicians


Some Michigan Hospitals Boosting Minimum Wage

Two Michigan hospital systems raise minimum wage to $15 to fill job openings


The 'Kevin Bacon' Factor May Help COVID Spread In Nursing Homes

A lot of nursing home workers are working at more than one facility


Robotic Cleaning Can Boost Efficiency

Robotic floor care can free up valuable time to focus on high-touch cleaning and disinfecting


Best Practices For Maintaining Flooring During COVID-19

Flooring can often make or break the efficacy of even the most rigorous sanitation efforts


Green Cleaning Challenges for Healthcare Facilities Due To COVID-19

The healthcare industry continues to advance its efforts on green cleaning and its mission to 'do no harm' while also effectively addressing COVID-19


Reducing HAIs With Touchpoint Disinfecting

Cleaners target HAI hotspots


Study Finds Educating Cleaning Staff Lowers C. diff Infections

Study suggests focusing on knowledge gaps, challenges and barriers


Survey: Dirty Carpet Impacts Perception of Care in Long-term Care Facilities

Older Americans (65+) are more likely than their younger counterparts to be influenced by dirty carpet


2020 Environmental Services Departments of the Year Named

AHE awards honor top hospital EVS departments


Full-Time Facilities Employees Key During Pandemic

There is no one-size-fits-all formula to determine the proper number of FTEs


These High-Touch Surfaces Are Often Missed By Healthcare Facilities Cleaners

Healthcare workers are more likely to spread infection after touching these non-disinfected surfaces


Inspection After First Covid Case Finds Va. Hospital Staffers Failed To Clean Hands And Equipment

A state inspector cited the issues at Maryview Medical Center in Portsmouth during an unannounced visit this spring


Five housekeepers at N.Y. hospital volunteered to clean COVID patients’ rooms

Volunteer cleaners say they were motivated by the patients


New certification issued for janitors helping to fighting COVID-19

The course covers infection control, proper cleaning procedures, documentation and communication and worksite safety precautions. It also defines cleaning and disinfecting


Environmental services workers find spotlight during Covid

The frontline healthcare workers rely on the environmental services


Nash UNC Health Care working to raises the bar for EVS department

The way the facility is cleaned has changed in order to address the coronavirus pandemic


Housekeeper helps save COVID patient's life

Only healthcare workers and cleaning staff could have in-person interaction with the patient


Healthcare facility environmental services managers share top concerns

Role of the environmental services department in patient care often underestimated


Reducing HAIs with touchpoint disinfecting

EVS staff should focus their efforts on one of the most challenging areas to disinfect


Outsourcing: Going from 'housekeeping' to 'environmental services'

Professional environmental services make a science of cleaning


N.H. nursing home workers petition for COVID-19 stipends

Facility staff in Rockingham County want to be compensated as front-line workers


Environmental services technician certification proves its worth

Certification also helps decrease infection rates in hospitals


Avoiding the hidden costs of environmental services staff injuries

Environmental services work-related injuries usually involve either exposure to harmful contaminants or musculoskeletal disorders



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