Ecolab's EnCompass Environmental Monitoring Program Now Offers Real-Time Reporting

At AHE 2011, Ecolab Inc. will also showcase the enhanced reporting available of its EnCompass Environmental Monitoring Program. The EnCompass program provides an objective and measurable method for healthcare facilities to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of their room cleaning programs using DAZO® Fluorescent Marking Gel and a mobile application to record room evaluation data, in combination with training and reporting.

To objectively evaluate cleaning outcomes, DAZO is applied to high-touch objects (e.g., bed rails, call buttons, light switches, toilet seats, etc.) before a room is cleaned. After cleaning, the high-touch objects are inspected with a black light to determine if the marks were removed, indicating whether or not the object was thoroughly cleaned. Using Ecolabs mobile application hospitals can record and keep track of cleaning outcomes to measure their performance.

Customers can now access real-time data and reports on cleaning effectiveness including the percentage of high-touch objects cleaned, comparisons against baseline data and identification of areas for improvement.

The CDC Toolkit, "Options for Evaluating Environmental Cleaning," identifies the environments role in the spread of infections, and the need to continuously evaluate and improve environmental cleaning.