Environmental hygiene, at its best, follows a prescribed set of steps in an evidence-based protocol, and guided by best-practice recommendations. Deviate from this protocol, or worse yet, cut corners, and patient outcomes can be jeopardized. As hospitals respond to the call to do more with less, the expediency with which patient rooms are turned over is increasing, leading some experts to sound the alarm about compromising patient safety.
Environmental services professionals play a crucial role in helping to prevent the spread of infections in patients, and to boost their ongoing education and training, the Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) of the American Hospital Association (AHA) is introducing a new certification program for these frontline technicians that will enhance their competencies. The Certified Healthcare Environmental Services Technician (CHEST) credential ensures that the cleaning practices in hospitals and other healthcare environments are superior and directly corre-late to help make a positive impact on infection rates, costs, quality of care, patient experience and outcomes.
The Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) has announced Greg May, CHESP as the 2014 AHE board president. May is the director of environmental services, linen and sustainability at UC Sand Diego Health System in San Diego.
The Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE), of the American Hospital Association, has announced the recipients of the 2014 Recognition Awards for excellence in caring for the environment, volunteer service, mentorship and environme
The Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE), a personal membership group of the American Hospital Association (AHA), and Kimberly-Clark Professional today announced the recipients of the third annual Heart of Healthcare Awards, h
Quality Improvement in Environmental Services: Sustaining Gains Requires Communication, Collaboration
Quality improvement (QI) in healthcare is a noble initiative but an increasing number of clinicians and administrators are wondering if such efforts are paying off in terms of better outcomes and whether or not they can be sustained long-term. Some studies indicate an ongoing disconnect between QI program goals and actual results. As Schouten, et al. (2008) remark, "The multi-institutional, quality improvement collaborative is widely accepted as a strategy in healthcare. Its widespread acceptance and use are not, however, based on a systematic assessment of effectiveness."
The Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) reminds clinicians that Sept. 14-20, 2014 has been designated as Environmental Services Week.
A Queen’s University researcher has found that nearly 40 percent of infection preventionists do not believe their hospital is sufficiently clean.
The Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) announces the recipients of the 2013 Recognition Awards for excellence in caring for the environment, volunteer service, mentorship and environmental sustainability.