Top 10 Tips for Healthcare Cleaning

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Today’s guest blog post is presented by Rubbermaid Commercial Products, a preferred supplier for HP Products.

Top 10 Tips for Healthcare Cleaning to Prevent Infection

  1. Always consider your personal safety before beginning any cleaning task. Wear personal protective gear mandated by your management team.
  2. Inspect and clean your tools. Yes, that’s right – clean your cleaning tools! Well-maintained tools last longer and enhance the look of your facility. Using dirty tools may cause cross-transmission.
  3. Ensure you have the right tools for the job. Use tools designed to clean curved surfaces, corners, equipment, or surfaces at a higher-than-average height.
  4. Prep everything you might need before starting your cleaning process. This ensures efficiency and decreases the risk of cross-transmission from moving between dirty and cleaned areas.
  5. Stay organized by using a cleaning checklist. The Rubbermaid HYGEN™ Microfiber System checklist can help you and your teams efficiently move through tasks.
  6. Treat all linen and waste like it contains sharp objects or medical waste. Never compress bags of waste or linens, just in case the contents are sharp.
  7. Pay close attention to any warnings, markings and color-coding present on cleaning equipment and waste-disposal materials.
  8. No double-dipping! Never use the same cleaning cloth or mop for cleaning different surfaces, and do not put a soiled cloth into a container of cleaning chemicals.
  9. Wash your hands every time you see them. Each time you remove, change or put on a pair of gloves, wash your hands.
  10. To truly prevent infection, remove – don’t just kill – microbes. Killing bacteria is only one step in the infection-prevention process. After microbes are killed, any left behind can become food sources for live pathogens. Rubbermaid HYGEN™ Microfiber products remove microbes from the surface, and this step is critical in winning the fight against infection!

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Ending the cycle of infection is much more than the task of cleaning. How you interact with patients in your facility is an important part of their hospital experience. Actively communicate with patients. Clearly communicating information and procedures enables patients to become a crucial part of ending the cycle of infection.

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