Cleaning machines may be smart investment for healthcare facilities

By Kevin Donachie./ Special to Healthcare Facilities Today
June 19, 2020

The recent COVID-19 outbreak has once again illustrated the reasons why sanitation is so very important in this day and age. However, this concept is even more important when referring to locations known for higher levels of disease transmission. Three pertinent examples include medical offices, surgery centers and care facilities. 

In fact, statistics have shown that the number of infections associated with these locations are much higher when compared to other public spaces. What are some of the reasons behind this observation and perhaps more importantly, why will industrial cleaning machines provide your firm with a much-needed sanitary edge? Let us examine both of these questions in greater detail.

The science behind disease transmission rates

The majority of viruses tend to be transmitted much more easily by individuals who are in rather closed environments. Here are some of the reasons why this is the case:

  • Issues with ventilation can allow bacteria and viruses to remain suspended in the air for longer periods of time
  • Individuals will remain within close proximity to one another
  • Surfaces such as floors, doorknobs and railings are much more likely to become infected

When we then take into account the fact that many patients within medical centers already have compromised immune systems, it becomes clear that sanitation should always represent a top priority.

All about proactively maintaining a clean environment

While it is impossible to overstate the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had (and will continue to have) upon our health care system, it is just as important to note that floor-cleaning machines should be employed whether or not an imminent threat is already present. 

It is the responsibility of management and similar stakeholders to ensure that the appropriate equipment is chosen for the environment in question. This is also why it is wise to consult with cleaning professionals in order to make an informed decision.

The good news is that this current pandemic will eventually run its course and come to an end. However, this is no reason to become lax in regards to maintaining a sanitary healthcare environment. Taking a proactive stance now can help to ensure that your premises remain safe and healthy.

Kevin Donachie is the owner of CleanHire, which specializes in the production of commercial and industrial floor-cleaning machines. 

 

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