CDC reports there are almost 3 million antibiotic-resistant infections annually with over 35,000 people dying because of them.
After two years of pandemic vigilance, life seems to be easing towards normalcy. Offices are opening up, masks are coming down, and access to people and places is growing. The widespread availability of vaccines and other positive developments have made the public more confident about avoiding possible exposure to Covid. For example, the hand sanitizer stands that seemed to be everywhere when lockdowns started have been packed away or now stand empty. Airlines are no longer handing out packets of disinfectant wipes for passengers to clean their seats. The compulsion to keep germs at bay has lessened significantly.
Those working in healthcare related fields, however, know that Covid-19 isn’t the only deadly disease out there. Experts are keeping an eye on new, emerging viruses as well as better known ones, such as Ebola and hepatitis. Add to this the growing list of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and fungi that continue to present major health problems. The CDC reports that there are almost 3 million antibiotic-resistant infections annually with over 35,000 people dying because of them.1 Many of these infections originate in hospitals and other places where patients receive care. For instance, carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter, one of these “superbugs”, is almost always found in people who’ve recently received treatment at a healthcare facility.
Besides having more challenging pathogens to clean, environmental services professionals also face a wide variety of new machines and technology to consider. Electrostatic sprayers, ultraviolet radiation, and antiviral coatings gained lots of attention during the pandemic. Evaluating what is the best methodology to meet a facility’s cleaning requirements takes time and resources that many department leaders just don’t have.
What, then, is an EVS team to do?
When the demands of critical cleaning become overwhelming, it’s always a safe bet to focus on the fundamentals of cleaning. The basic elements of any good cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing protocol should be repeatable and provide good results consistently. Here are some of the core ideas that all effective cleaning programs incorporate:
EVS teams and cleaning professionals will continue to face greater challenges when it comes to critical cleaning areas. However, understanding and excelling in the fundamentals are what makes a robust program succeed long-term. They might not seem exciting, but they are the foundation for superior results. Never getting bored with the basics of cleaning can help get EVS back on the track to success when the environment becomes overwhelming.
If your facility would like to revisit the fundamentals of critical cleaning with a trusted expert, Contec Professional can help. Please contact us to learn more.