Patient Centered Cleaning Terms

Posted by Frank Talarico

Jun 15, 2017 5:26:01 PM

If you’ve read our series of blogs on patient centered cleaning, you know that our team specializes in providing janitorial services for healthcare facilities. When providing healthcare cleaning services, it is critical for both the cleaning team and the client that the work is done meticulously and safely.  Employees must follow steps correctly and wear the personal protective equipment in order to prevent the contraction and spread of dangerous diseases. In this week’s blog, we are covering the industry specific terms that are used to describe medical facility cleaning.

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Topics: Healthcare Cleaning, Healthcare Janitorial Services

Patient Centered Cleaning

Posted by Frank Talarico

May 12, 2017 5:15:54 PM

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, 1 in 25 hospital patients are affected by healthcare-associated infections each day. Healthcare institutions require thoroughly cleaned, sanitized, and disinfected environments in order to prevent the spread of these infections and diseases. ServiceMaster TBS is supported by ServiceMaster Clean, who has been aided by the CDC in developing best practices for healthcare cleaning services.

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Topics: Healthcare Cleaning

OSHA MSDS conversion to SDS effective June 1st

Posted by Frank Talarico

Jun 1, 2015 8:00:00 AM

When cleaning homes and businesses, ServiceMaster TBS must maintain strict adherence to the OSHA standards to ensure that our employees are using cleaning chemicals safely. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) creates regulations that specify how our Chemical Manufacturers label their products using a standard called the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). This classification system is being converted to a new and improved system and will be renamed to Safety Data Sheets (SDS). The conversion to this new system will be completed by June 1st 2015. 

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Topics: Healthcare Cleaning, Cleaning Services, Janitorial Services

Environmental Essentials to Operating Room Cleaning

Posted by Frank Talarico

May 4, 2015 9:00:00 AM

The goal of environmental control in the operating room setting is to keep microorganisms to an irreducible minimum in order to provide the safest environment for both patient and healthcare practicioners. The Joint Commission, accrediting body, implements an ever evolving set of standards to test for and limit harmful microbials in hospitals, operating rooms, and many other healthcare settings where people can be affected. The following are a few control methods that should be implemented within the facility and are the responsibility of both the healthcare cleaning service as well as those that manage healthcare facilities. You will see from the list below that their roles overlap.

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Topics: Healthcare Cleaning, Healthcare Janitorial Services, Healthcare Cleaning Services

Healthcare Cleaning Tip: Never Fear a Joint Commission Inspection

Posted by Frank Talarico

Apr 28, 2015 9:00:00 AM

It never fails, the first quarter of each year the Joint Commission performs their annual accreditation inspections for most of our healthcare clients. As the inspections approach providers begin to stress out, wondering if their facility will meet the stringent requirements set forth by the commission. The quality score of each inspection directly correlates to the amount of money the federal government will offer in the form of reimbursement for Medicare and Medicaid. Low scores equal smaller checks from Uncle Sam.

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Topics: Healthcare Cleaning, Healthcare Janitorial Services

Healthcare Cleaning Services for Operating Rooms

Posted by Frank Talarico

Mar 20, 2015 7:30:00 AM

A healthcare cleaning service must reduce modes of transmission of pathogens within the sterile operating room environment. In addition to standard procedures for the healthcare cleaning industry, procedures specific to the operating room must be used. Agencies including AHE/AHA/AORN have provided standardized guidelines to ensure compatibility with the facility's policies.

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Topics: Healthcare Cleaning, Healthcare Janitorial Services, Healthcare Cleaning Services

Housekeeping Services for Healthcare Facilities

Posted by Frank Talarico

Mar 4, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Unlike typical housekeeping for offices and other businesses, the janitorial services offered to healthcare facilities will have a customized maintenence plan tailored specifically for the healthcare market. A vendor providing healthcare cleaning services should perform all duties conscientiously, responsibly, and cost effectively.

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Topics: Healthcare Cleaning

Terminal Cleaning in the Healthcare Industry

Posted by Frank Talarico

Feb 6, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Terminal cleaning is a critical process provided in operatory rooms that ensures a sterile environment. Effective terminal cleaning is key to prevention of Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs) and one of the most important components of healthcare cleaning.

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Topics: Healthcare Cleaning, Healthcare Janitorial Services, Healthcare Cleaning Services

Healthcare Cleaning is More Than Just "Janitorial"

Posted by Frank Talarico

Feb 3, 2015 11:00:00 AM

It is not just important for facilities to appear clean in a healthcare environment, it is imperative that the proper disinfecting has occurred and that patient care areas are free from dust and soil. Cross contamination and healthcare acquired infections are a big risks in the healthcare environment which are typically not relevant in other commercial cleaning settings.  

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Topics: Healthcare Cleaning, Healthcare Cleaning Services

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