Cleaning isn’t only necessary for the comfort of employees and patients, but vital for the overall health and safety of the health care facility. Where there is more involved in managing the trash and trash containers and straightening up exam room and waiting areas, it is important that your health care facility is sanitizing and disinfecting the surfaces, keeping odors neutralized and ensuring the facility is as spotless as possible. With this in mind, we at Baker Sandoval Cleaning would like to share a basic plan to help you manage the cleanliness of your healthcare facility.
Custom Cleaning Schedule
To give the right impression and set the standards for your medical office, a professionally cleaned office is essential from the moment each patient walks through the door. Maintaining a healthy and clean healthcare facility indicates quality. Where having a professional cleaning service do a good cleaning top to bottom, you want to ensure the facility is maintained during the day. With a customized cleaning program established in your medical office, you can keep a clean, sanitized, disinfected, and deodorized establishment. Consider the following when designing your plan:
– Commonly high patient activities in the year that require an increase in cleaning tasks.
– Observe days of the week that tend to be busier that will need an influx of cleaning needs.
– Cold and flu seasons requiring heavy sanitizing applications.
– Additional office closing such as holidays that can provide opportunities for deep cleaning such as carpet shampooing, HVAC vent cleaning, and so forth.
– Following busy periods, establish specific procedures the staff performs to keep a clean facility.
Within your building, the program should be unique to the specific requirements. Your professional cleaning company can be a benefit to your healthcare facility in tandem with your efforts.
Structured Training for Healthcare Facilities
Commonly conducted after-hours, the standard rotational cleaning services are often outsourced. However, internal staff must also perform critical maintenance cleaning services during business operations, especially exam rooms. Training specifics for your internal staff and hiring professional experts trained in healthcare facility cleaning is vital.
Cleaning Duties for Inhouse Staff
Where many members of your staff understand the importance of maintaining a clean medical office, it is best to train them on proper procedures and cleaning tasks that need to be done throughout the day. Through written procedures and continuous training, ensure the staff understands the critical tasks. Consider the following for staff training:
– Proper use of cleaning agents.
– Address secondary cleaning tasks when the office is busy.
– Handling spills and other incidents with proper procedures.
Professional Cleaning Experts
Hiring a professional cleaning company to take care of the cleaning after hours can be challenging. You want to ensure they are well-trained in cleaning healthcare facilities and know the essential protocols for proper cleaning, sanitizing, disinfecting, and deodorizing without cross-contamination. Be sure to do your research and hire a company that can meet the standards and guidelines.
Using the Right Cleaning Products Correctly
It is critical for safety and effectiveness that the appropriate cleaning agents are utilized. Based on the level of cleaning that is required dictates the cleaning products. Determining which should be used such as with all-purpose cleaning vs sanitation vs disinfection, needs to be outlined. Make sure the directions on the label are followed since some products need to sit on the surface for a specific amount of time to be effective for example.