When you need a hospital or healthcare facility, the last thing you expect is to end up sicker than when you arrived. But according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 20 patients in a health care center come down with an infection brought on by germs in the facility itself.
With so many different people seeing and treating patients on a daily basis in an average hospital, germs are sure to be an issue. Due to the increased risk of infection from blood or other organic matter, OSHA maintains strict cleaning standards for all health care facilities. At OpenWorks, we are well-versed in these regulations and know that facilities face regular audits and possibly even fines due to shoddy cleaning practices.
Most germs are transferred from commonly used surfaces — tables, chairs, counters, etc. In a hospital setting, there are even more opportunities for infections, due to the presence of blood and organic matter. And while protocols exist in health care facilities to address this problem, there’s a way for your commercial cleaning company to do its part, as well.
Based on CDC guidelines, there are two main parts to cleaning a health care facility properly.
Cleaning: Removal of visible matter by hand or machine — dirt, oil, organic matter, etc. — from surfaces using detergent products and creating a sterile surface to prevent germs from thriving.
Disinfection: A process that removes pathogens and microorganisms that may cause infection if left unchecked.
At Open Works, we know the best methods of sterilization and disinfection for your health care facility. Our teams work hard to remove organic matter, dirt and other organisms from floors and other surfaces throughout the building, to help reduce the chances for those secondary infections and to keep facilities open and operating. Our skilled workers can help keep your facility up to code so you pass any audits with flying colors.
We know how it important it is for health care facilities to maintain a clean and sanitary environment for the health of its employees and patients, and at OpenWorks, we follow the regulatory standards by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), OSHA, AAAHC, and state/local agencies. Our skilled teams are also trained to handle the cleaning of bloodborne pathogens and biomedical waste, as well as more traditional office space cleaning.
weekly, bi-weekly deep cleaning of medical facility.
Number of cleaners depends on size, condition and scope of work.