In healthcare facilities, the importance of cleanliness can’t be overstated. From hospitals to clinics, urgent care centers, and dental offices, each type of healthcare facility features its own essential high-touch areas. Proper and effective disinfection in these zones is crucial for safeguarding the health and safety of both patients and staff.
Let’s explore the crucial task of pinpointing and sanitizing high-risk touch points in your healthcare establishment, a key measure for ensuring the safety and well-being of patients and healthcare professionals alike.
High-Risk Touch Points: The Hidden Hotspots
High-risk touch points in healthcare facilities include surfaces and objects frequently touched by hands, such as door handles, light switches, bed rails, medical equipment controls, and faucet handles. These areas are hotspots for germs and require more frequent and thorough disinfection than other surfaces.
Our Specialized Disinfection Approach
Assessment and Identification: Our first step is a thorough assessment of the healthcare facility to identify all high-risk touch points. This includes an audit of patient care areas, common rooms, and staff workstations.
Choosing the Right Disinfectants: We use EPA-approved disinfectants known to be effective against a broad spectrum of pathogens, including bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Our selection is based on the types of surfaces and the specific pathogens prevalent in healthcare settings.
Training and Techniques: Our staff receives specialized training in disinfection techniques. This includes proper application methods, ensuring contact time for disinfectants, and using the right amount of solution to avoid cross-contamination.
Regular and Responsive Disinfection: We implement a schedule for regular disinfection of these touch points, while also being responsive to immediate needs, such as disinfecting after a patient discharge.
Monitoring and Improvement: Our protocol includes regular monitoring of disinfection practices and making improvements based on the latest research and guidelines in healthcare hygiene.