Hygiene is the major concern of the healthcare sector. It is ensured in the hospitals that the hygiene standards should be strictly followed.
While meeting these standards, many of the lessons have been learned and key challenges have been determined.
The points should be highlighted to define why the hygiene and the and cleaning standards play an essential role in the health care sector and what are the reasons that are responsible for poor hygiene?
Hospital’s environment is majorly responsible for causing Healthcare-Acquired Infections (HAIs). It is stated in of the survey that in European hospitals out of 80,000 patients, at least one is suffering from HAI and according to the report of WHO, in middle-income countries, the figure is one in five patients.
Important steps are taken by several countries to provide health care services to patients without causing any infection.
The clean and hygienic environment is equally important to deliver better health care services to the patients let’s understand this with the help of example, suppose you wash your hands, when you start working in the health care location, but if the surface is not cleaned properly then every time when you touch it, you will be in direct contact of the pathogens .
The pathogens generated because of the illness of the previous patient can affect the health of the next patient if they are admitted in the same ward. So the ward should be properly cleaned before allocating it to the next patient.
Challenges encountered in the healthcare sector while maintaining the cleaning and hygiene in the workplace.
- Most of the hospitals have a cleaning mechanism of once in a day, but if they want to prevent their hospital from the contamination of pathogens then cleaning should be done in an iterative manner every day.
- Another challenge is maintaining the monitoring devices and equipment of the hospitals such as ultrasound equipment etc.
Role of technology and techniques in meeting the cleaning standard in the health care sector:
Checking the microfibre cloths at the starting of each shift was quite time-consuming.
So nowadays pre-wetted wipes are used by the cleaning staff.
Pre-wetted wipes give the liberty that the staff doesn’t need to dilute the product. These Wipes easily manage the amount of liquid on them.
Touchless ultraviolet disinfection is techniques which are used as an efficient way to reduce the risk of infection for the next patient coming in the same ward.
Touchless ultraviolet (UV) disinfection seems to be an increasingly popular technique. What are your thoughts on that?
Another benefit of using this technique is that it eliminates the risk generated by fogging done in the operating rooms.
Observation of cleaning service providers in recent years:
One of the important lesson learned by the cleaning service providers those who are serving for the hospitals is that it is very much important to keep the environment clean and hygienic to get the high satisfaction level of the patients visiting the hospitals. For the same, the cleaning staff should be encouraged to make sure that the environment is not only looking good but it is also safe and hygienic for the patients.
It is mandatory for hospitals to ensure that the rooms are efficiently and effectively cleaned if they have high occupancy all the time.
Hospitals should have a fast cleaning system to maintain hygiene all the time.
Robotic cleaners can be used to clean the surface of the hospitals that requires less human interventions.