Environmental Cleaning: The Imperative for Hospital Hygiene

  • Poll Reveals Cleaning Practices, Resource Needs: After a recent ICT Poll indicated that more than 62 percent of participants thought that environmental cleaning was suboptimal in their healthcare institutions, we decided to conduct a survey of ICT readers that would further explore the state of environmental hygiene practices.
  • The Environmental Hygiene Imperative: While patient-satisfaction evaluations still indicate a fondness for shiny floors in a hospital, this shiny floor syndrome can no longer supersede the need for thorough, rigorous environmental cleaning. We look at the key issues related to improving environmental hygiene in healthcare institutions.
  • AHE Updates Practice Guidance for Environmental Cleaning: The Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) is updating its "Practice Guidance for Healthcare Environmental Cleaning (PGHEC)," the document that defines the best practices and processes relating to proper environmental hygiene in healthcare facilities.
  • Don't Let Bed Bugs Disturb Your Healthcare Facility: Bed bugs are on the rise in almost every environment, including healthcare facilities. In order to avoid costly remediation, negative word of mouth, and reputation-damaging media coverage, healthcare facility managers must be properly informed and know how to prepare for and address bed bug issues, should they arise.
  • AHE and Orkin Release Updated Recommended Practice for Integrated Pest Management: The Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) has released an updated Recommended Practice for Integrated Pest Management (IPM), co-authored by experts from Orkin Commercial Services.